Title Picture Clears at US Lacrosse Central Championships
|The Dane County Coyotes (Wis.)
U15 team advanced to Sunday's US Lacrosse Central Championships
final, which will be live-streamed by Coaches Aid. The Coyotes will
meet Special Forces (Mich.).
VERONA, Wis. – After a day that featured 64 games across four divisions at the US Lacrosse Central Championships, 12 teams remain alive to take home the regional crown.
On the boys' side, the finals matchups are set with local flavor in both divisions. The War Eagles (Wis.) will take on Prior Lake (Minn.) for the U13 championships, while the Dane County Coyotes (Wis.) and Special Forces (Mich.) will square off for the U15 title. Both of those games will be live-streamed on CocachesAid.com, with the U15 game beginning at 10 a.m. CT and the U13 game at 11:30 a.m. CT.
Due to the number of entries on the girls' side, both the U13 and U15 divisions have semifinal and final play scheduled for Sunday. The semifinals in both divisions are scheduled to start at 9 a.m. CT. Michigan Select advanced to face Minnesota Elite in one semifinal in both U13 and U15. On the other side in both brackets, Detroit Coyotes Select will square off with Lakeshore Lacrosse. Both title games will start at 1 p.m. CT.
In the U15 Boys final, the Coyotes seem to have the home field advantage over Special Forces. The Coyotes are a summer team comprised mainly of Madison-area players and finished second at the US Lacrosse Central Championships a year ago. Head coach Kevin Bice's squad is a perfect 4-0 in this year's tournament, having outscored its opponents 36-5.
They will face Special Forces, a Michigan team based about a half-hour south of Ann Arbor. In the semifinals, Special Forces overcame an early 3-1 deficit to rout the Milwaukee Blue Eagles 13-5. A team of all seventh and eighth graders, Special Forces plays year round and won the Chicago Blizzard tournament in February.
Another Madison-area team, the War Eagles, will look to give the home fans something to cheer about when they take on Prior Lake in the U13 Boys final. The War Eagles are playing in their first of four summer tournaments.
Prior Lake, from the outskirts of Minneapolis, is playing together for its second-straight week, having participated in a tournament in Bloomington, Minn., last weekend. The Lakers are 4-0, having defeated the War Eagles, 3-1, in pool play on Saturday.
While the boys' finals have a distinctly Wisconsin flavor, the girls' finals have a chance to be an all-Michigan affair. In both U13 and U15, Michigan Select and Detroit Coyotes Select earned the top two seeds and are undefeated thus far.
In the U13 semis, No. 1 seed Detroit Coyotes Select will put its 4-0 record on the line against No. 5 seed Lakeshore Lacrosse 2020, which represents the greater Chicago area. The Coyotes have outscored its opponents 37-10, which actually ranks second in the tournament to No. 2 seed Michigan Select's 51-14 goal differential. Michigan Select will face No. 3 seed Minnesota Elite in a rematch of the first game of the tournament. Michigan was victorious, 9-5, on Friday afternoon.
The same four programs comprise the U15 Girls semifinals, though they took different routes to get there. Michigan Select is the No. 1 seed in that bracket, having outscored its opponents 71-14. It is actually one of three undefeated teams remaining in the U15 bracket. Like in the U13 semis, Michigan will square off with Minnesota Elite, the No. 13 seed, which upset fifth-seeded Team One 2018, 13-10, in the quarterfinals.
On the other side, the two other undefeated squads, No. 2 seed Detroit Coyotes and No. 3 seed Lakeshore Lacrosse 2018, will face off. Both teams are 5-0, having outscored their opponents by more than 40 goals apiece.
In the U15 Division, the semifinalists have locked up automatic invitations to the sixth annual US Lacrosse U15 National Championships, July 21-23 in Aurora, Colo. They'll receive registration discounts to that event ranging from 25 percent for this weekend's fourth-place team to 100 percent for the Central champions.
In addition to the championship rounds, consolation play will continue on Sunday as a total of 29 games are scheduled to wrap up the US Lacrosse Central Championships.
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