Since lacrosse is a spring sport . . . okay, partly winter down here too . . . I considered this time of the year as spring training, both for the players and myself too.
An event like this gives me a chance to catch up with coaches, parents, graduates and pretty much anyone who I recognize. It also gives the coaches a chance to work on some things while honing the kids competitive instincts. And even sometimes allows a little mischief too, like a little complaining from non-participants! We’ll put that one aside as just the typical growing pains a rapidly growing sport goes through.
Held last weekend at Plantation’s Pine Island and Central Parks the event drew a wide number of age groups and programs and eventually champions emerged, even in the face of more rain than typical for a late October weekend down here. As an added bonus to the competitors the event served as a qualifier for IMG Nationals Nov 21-22, 2015 in Bradenton. “A” Division Champions in Boys U13, U15, U17 and HS Elite would qualify.
The results for each Division:
Boys U-9 – Lauderdale Landsharks 9 – 22 Select 3
Boys U-11 – Barracudas 9 – 22Select 2023 3
Boys U-13 – 22Select 2021 9 – Lauderdale Landsharks 4
Boys U-15 – Florida Xtreme 7 – Barracudas 6
Boys U17A – Florida Xtreme 6 – PB Revolution 2018 4
Boys U17B – Boca Bandits 6 – Team Maverick 2
Boys HS Elite A – Team Maverick – no playoff
Boys HS Elite B – Lauderdale Landsharks 8 – Snapping Turtles LC 4
Girls MS A – LB3 Tampa Tarpons MS Elite 9 – Stingers 4
Girls MS B – Storm Lacrosse White 8 – LB3 Tampa Tarpons MS Select 7
Girls HS A – StickBenders 7 – Blazers 4
Girls HS B – Florida Select 5 – Storm Lacrosse Purple 4
Congrats to all the winners and for a number of you good luck at IMG! Thanks to Pete Dunne and Shaun Bamforth of Broward Lacrosse Advantage, Inc. for putting on the event.