US Lacrosse WNT Welcomes 1,250 Plus Players
by Brian Logue | LaxMagazine.com | Photos
Olivia Ferrucci and Gulf Coast (Fla.) earned the No. 1 seed in the Iroquois division after the first day of the 2014 US Lacrosse Women's National Tournament, presented by Harrow and the HLA Lacrosse Foundation.
© photo by Kevin P. Tucker
BEL AIR, Md. – More than 1,250 of the nation’s top high school girls’ lacrosse players competed in the opening day of the 2014 US Lacrosse Women’s National Tournament, presented by Harrow and the HLA Lacrosse Foundation, at Cedar Lane Sports Park. The tournament, one of the premier college recruiting events in the country, includes high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors from 29 states competing on 63 regionally-based all-star teams.
Two divisions of the event completed pool play on Saturday – the Cayuga and Mohawk divisions. In the Cayuga division, Orange County (Calif.) lost its first game of the day to Colorado 2 by a 10-6 score, but bounced back with wins over Maine and Georgia 2 to earn the top seed in Pool A. In Pool B , Nor Cal 2 went undefeated with wins over Oregon, Indiana/Kentucky and Western New York/Greater Rochester 2 to earn the top seed.
In the Mohawk division, Virginia and Central Pennsylvania each went unbeaten to win their respective pools. Virginia defeated North Coast Ohio, Southern Ohio and Pittsburgh. Central Pennsylvania defeated Utah/Idaho, New Hampshire/Vermont 2 and Central Ohio.
In the top flight – the Onondaga division – Long Island Metro 1 is in the driver’s seat in Pool B after a dramatic 11-10 victory over Baltimore Metro 1. Long Island scored the last two goals of the game to rally with Kelsey Huff scoring her second goal of the game with 2:32 remaining for the game-winner. In Pool A, DC Metro 1 and Long Island Metro 2 are tied with 2-0-1 records after they tied 11-11 in their match-up.
In the Seneca division, Upstate New York leads Pool A with a 2-0-1 record while DC Metro 2 (3-0) and New Hampshire/Vermont 1 (2-0) are both undefeated after the first day.
In the Iroquois division, Gulf Coast (Fla.) went a perfect 3-0 and locked up the No. 1 seed for Sunday’s bracket play. They’ll receive a bye into the championship game of the seven-team bracket and will play the winner of a semifinal between Tennessee and Orlando 2, a rematch of one of the final games on Saturday. Tennessee hung on for a 7-6 win over Orlando 2 in pool play behind four goals from Griffin Gearhardt.
In the Oneida division, Western New York/Greater Rochester 1 went 2-0 on Saturday including a 12-10 win over New Jersey North 2 to lead Pool A. In Pool B, Adirondack and Illinois/Wisconsin are both 2-0-1 including a 9-9 tie between them.
In the Tuscarora division, a pair of California teams are currently on top. Nor Cal leads Pool A with a 3-0 mark and San Diego leads Pool B with a 3-0 mark.
Pool play will finish in five of the divisions on Sunday and all seven divisions will feature bracket play for the respective championships, highlighted by the Onondaga Division championship at 2 p.m. The winner of that game will receive the Val Walchak trophy. Following the completion of the championship game, the Heather Leigh Albert Award will be presented to the outstanding player in the tournament.
Harrow Sports and the HLA Lacrosse Foundation are the presenting sponsors of the event. Additional sponsorship support is provided by Gatorade, Lacrosse Recruits and Yolo Sportswear.
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