Diversity Reigns at US Lacrosse Boys' Championship
by Brian Logue | Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff
Tim McDonagh helped For the Love of the Game go unbeaten during pool play at the US Lacrosse Boys' U-15 National Championship.
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Nor Cal allowed just three goals in victories over the Oregon Reign, Jersey Ridgers and St. Paul's Wolves (La.) to earn the No. 1 seed after pool play at the 2010 US Lacrosse Boys' U-15 National Championship. Nor Cal was one of seven teams that went unbeaten during action at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Included among the unbeatens were last year's finalists, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Md.) and For the Love of the Game (N.Y.).
Earning the No. 2 seed was True Lacrosse from Illinois, which knocked off Next Level (Md.), a semifinalist at last year's US Lacrosse national championship, by a 5-3 score.
FCA outdueled the Long Island Outlaws 7-4 to highlight its opening day of action to earn the No. 3 seed and was followed by For the Love of the Game at No. 4. FTLG poured in 35 goals in its three victories.
Rounding out the top five was the Greene Turtle (Md.). The Greene Turtle allowed none of its opponents to score more than three goals. Finishing as the No. 6 seed was Denver Elite, which hung on to beat the Florida Swashbucklers 5-4 to help complete its perfect day. The final unbeaten team was NESLL (Mass.), which closed the day beating the Virginia Lacrosse Club 9-2 in a battle of unbeatens.
(Please note brackets posted online/in tournament program/and coaches packet were incorrect. Correct times/match-ups follow.)
Championship Bracket 1st round Games - July
No. 1 Nor Cal vs. No. 16 Utah - 10:30 am - Field 18
No. 8 Jersey Ridgers vs. No. 9 Next Level (Md.) - 10:30 am - Field 19
No. 4 For the Love of the Game (N.Y.) vs. No. 13 Georgia - 8:30 am - Field 18
No. 5 Greene Turtle (Md.) vs. No. 12 Long Island Outlaws - 8:30 am - Field 19
No. 2 True Lacrosse (Ill.) vs. No. 15 Team Jersey - 10:30 am - Field JC1
No. 7 NESLL Black (Mass.) vs. No. 10 Virginia LC - 10:30 am - Field JC2
No. 3 FCA (Md.) vs. No. 14 Florida Elite - 8:30 am - Field JC1
No. 6 Denver Elite vs. No. 11 No-Excuse (Tenn.) - 8:30 am - Field JC2
Championship Quarterfinals - July 21
No. 1/16 vs. No. 8/9 - 2:30 pm - Field 18
No. 4/13 vs. No. 5/12 - 12:30 pm - Field 18
No. 2/15 vs. No. 7/10 - 2:30 pm - Field 19
No. 3/14 vs. No. 6/11 - 12:30 pm - Field 19
Consolation First Round - July 21
No. 24 Miami Makos vs. No. 25 St. Paul's Wolves (La.) - 9 am - Field 20
Consolation Quarterfinals - July 21
No. 18 Coast 2 Coast (Texas) vs. No. 23 Oregon - 9 am - Field 7
No. 19 Florida Swashbuckers vs. No. 22 New Hampshire - 1 pm - Field 20
No. 17 Dolphin Elite (Fla.) vs. No. 24/25 - 1 pm - Field JC1
No. 20 Grey Ghosts (Mass.) vs. No. 21 HouLA Guns (Texas) - 9 am - Field 9
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