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July 8, 2009

Blog: USL U-15 Girls' National Championship


Lacrosse Magazine Online staff members blog live from the 2009 US Lacrosse U-15 National Championship, presented by Modell's Sporting Goods, at Cedar Lane Park in Bel Air, Md.

Check back here for updates and highlights from the girls' division, which includes 30 teams nationwide.

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Check-Hers 2012 Wins Inaugural U-15 Championship; All-Tournament Team Announced

posted by Paul Krome | July 8, 5:20 p.m.

The inaugural US Lacrosse Under-15 National Championship featured teams from as far away as California, but the best team in the tournament needed only a modest drive across town to prove it was the best in the land.

Top-seeded Check-Hers 2012, comprised mainly of players from the Carroll County (Md.) Public Schools, jumped out to an 8-3 lead and cruised to a 19-12 win over 11th-seeded Stars Gold (Va.) in the tournament final to claim the national championship trophy at Cedar Lane Sports Park in Bel Air, Md. Madison Cyr, a rising sophomore at Winters Mill (Md.) High, scored six goals and added two assists to help her team finish three days of play unbeaten, and land herself a spot on the Lacrosse Magazine All-Tournament Team (see below).

Click here for the full game story.

Lacrosse Magazine All-Tournament Team

Madison Cyr, A, Check-Hers 2012 (Md.)
Margaret Tucker Fogarty, M, Stars Gold (Va.)
Sydney Holman, M, TLC 2013 (Md.)
Emily Eichner, M, Relentless Hustle (N.Y.)
Alice Mercer, D, Check-Hers 2012 (Md.)
Carly Reed, M, Stars Gold (Va.)
Haley Schweizer, M, Wissahickon (Pa.)
Abigail Smucker, M, Top of the Bay (Md.)
Natalie Schmitt, M, Phantastix Purple (Pa.)
Wyatt Whitley, D, Stars Gold (Va.)
Carly Simpson, A, Western Massachusetts
Hannah Clinton, G, Check-Hers 2012 (Md.)

A Carroll Tale

posted by Eboni Preston | July 8, 5:10 p.m.

Lacrosse has come a long way in Carroll County (Md.). CheckHers, the No. 1-seeded team in the tournament, and the inaugural US Lacrosse U-15 girls' national champion won in convincing fashion versus Stars Gold from Virginia. CheckHers is primarily based in Westminster, a town that didn’t even have a recreational lacrosse program until 1998.

I can tell you this because I was on that first team at Gamber and I can verify how much the area has grown since I first started playing. When some coaches formed the first program in our area, our team was inexperienced and young. We would get blown out consistently every Saturday by talented rec programs like Towson or Bel Air, and we would celebrate when we lost by less than 20 goals. Some teams would simply play keep away and pass the ball around us, while other coaches would make their team play left handed to try to limit their scoring.

Needless to say, the only things that teams remembered about Carroll County were that we had cows right beside our game field and that we lived in the middle of nowhere.

Since then, Carroll County has worked hard to produce quality players and establish the game of lacrosse in the area. The CheckHers program actually started out as a local summer league a few years ago. Girls in the area joined the league because Carroll County players would often have to drive as far as 40 minutes to find a pick-up summer league for middle- and high-school girls.

Now the CheckHers program has escalated to a potential powerhouse program and Carroll County has evened the playing field. It is great to see that how lacrosse has grown in that community. It won’t be long until we see many more teams emerge from lower ranks to become a competitive organization and produce numerous high-level lacrosse teams.

Congratulations to both teams for a great championship run and well done to the Check-Hers coaches and players.

Eboni Preston is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, where she played goalie for the Bonnies. She is currently in graduate school at Endicott College and serves as an assistant coach for the women's lacrosse team. She is working for the US Lacrosse communications department this summer.

CheckHers 2012 Wins National Title
posted July 8, 3:55 p.m.

CheckHers 2012 19, Stars Gold 12: Madison Cyr had six goals and an assist and Hannah Clinton made 15 saves as CheckHers 2012 captured the inaugural US Lacrosse Girls U-15 National Championship. Campbell Collier and Margaret Tucker Fogarty each had four goals from Stars Gold. Much more to follow...

More Results
posted July 8, 2:11 p.m.

3rd place game
Relentless Hustle 17, Wissahickon LC 11: Two goals and two assists from Maddie Silverman for Relentless Hustle. Five other players with two goals each. Four goals for Wissahickon's Olivia Gannon.

Championship game - consolation bracket
NVYLL 15, Cardinal Lacrosse 11: Three goals and two assists for Northern Virginia's Shannon Gallagher to go along with two goals and four assists from Carly Palmucci. Four goals for Cardinal Lacrosse's Alex Condon.

Consolation games in championship bracket
Long Island Yellow Jackets 18, Team Integrity 10
Long Island Liberty 16, Phantastix White 11

Consolation games in consolation bracket
Nor Cal Blue 16, Amherst 13
Nor Cal Gold 13, NESLL 10

Stars Gold, Check-Hers 2012 Advance to Championship Game

posted by Eboni Preston and Paul Krome - July 8, 11:45 a.m.

Teams from Maryland and Virginia will square off at 2 p.m. today in the US Lacrosse Under-15 National Championship Game following semifinal victories this morning.

Eleventh-seeded Stars Gold (Va.) used five goals and one assist from Margartet Tucker Fogarty to defeat second-seeded Wissahickon (Pa.), 14-10, in one semifinal. Fogarty scored three of her five markers in the second half as Stars Gold pulled away from its 7-6 halftime edge to improve to 5-1 in the event. Haley Schweizer scored three goals in a losing effort for Wissahickon, which moves to consolation play with a 5-1 record.

Top-seeded Check-Hers 2012 (Md.) remained unbeaten with a 13-5 semifinal win over Relentless Hustle (N.Y.), which drops to 5-1. Attacker Madison Cyr scored four goals to lead Check-Hers (6-0) into the final.

Fogarty scored twice and assisted on another goal to help Stars Gold dominate the first 20 minutes, assuming a 4-0 lead and hitting pipes on two other shots. Carly Reed, who scored twice on the day, converted a Riley Christopher assist to put Stars up 6-1 with 5:14 remaining in t he half. But Wissahickon rallied furiously at the end of the stanza, getting two goals from Schweizer and markers from Emilee Ehret and Maddie Quirk to pull within 7-6 at the break.

"We talked a lot about playing our game and being good sports, and not playing rough," said Stars coach Kathy Jenkins. "Play good positioning. Get in front of them and mirror their stick so they can't do anything. Offensively, we were so bunched up. We wanted to send it around and then start running into an offense. We came out right away in the second half and did that."

Indeed, Reed fed Katie McHugh 46 seconds into the second half, Fogarty tallied twice more during a 4-0 run to put the game out of reach midway by the 16:58 mark. Rachel Stone made nine saves for Wissahickon.

In the other semi, Check-Hers came out of the gate attacking, going up 5-0 and forcing Relentless Hustle to call a timeout. Carleigh Davis fed Kelly McCormick to open the salvo just 2:22 into the game, and Cyr scored twice to fuel the run. Out of the break there was a slight shift of momentum, as Relentless Hustle scored the next four goals to make the score 5-4 at the 7:48 mark. Lauren Gerrie scored twice to key the comeback.

Check-Hers would take a 7-4 halftime lead and then lock down Relentless Hustle's offense, limiting the New York team to one goal. Relentless Hustle couldn't find a rhythm, as Check-Hers held their opponents to limited shooting opportunities and possessed the ball for much of the second half. Cyr added two goals and assist, and Taylor Gress had two assists as Check-Hers finished off the eight-goal win.

Check-Hers 2012 is comprised mainly of players in the Carroll County (Md.) Public Schools, while public- and private-school student-athletes from Northern Virginia make up the Stars Gold team. Most players on Stars Gold use wooden sticks to boost stick skills, which Jenkins likewise mandates on her St. Stephen's and St. Agnes (Va.) School players on the junior varsity team.

Girls Semis Complete

posted July 8, 10:44 a.m.

CheckHers 2013 13, Relentless Hustle 5
Stars Gold 14, Wissahickon 10

Details to come...

Early Girls' Scores from 7/8

posted July 8, 9:56 a.m.

Consolation semifinals - Final scores
Cardinal Lacrosse 14, Team 180 12
NVYLL 14, Lax Maniax 7

Alex Condon had seven goals and two assists to lead Cardinal Lacrosse over Team 180 14-12 in one consolation semifinal. They'll meet up with another Virginia team in the consolation bracket championship game as Northern Virginia YLL defeated Lax Maniax 14-7 in the other consolation semifinal. Elena Obregon and Carly Palmucci had three goals for NYLL and Shannon Gallagher added two goals and five assists. The consolation bracket championship game takes place at 12 noon.

Quarterfinal Scores

Posted July 7, 6:12 p.m.

Relentess Hustle 18, Phantastix Purple 14
CheckHers 2012 21, Top of the Bay 19 (ot)
Wissahickon 12, Western Mass 10
Stars Gold 15, TLC 2013 13

Link to quarterfinal game recaps

Championship Bracket Scores

Posted by Brian Logue | July 7, 3:56 p.m.

Scores from the consolation round of the championship bracket...

Long Island Yellow Jackets 17, Greene Turtle Lacrosse Club 5
Team Integrity 19, Upstate NY 14
Long Island Liberty 15, CheckHers Elite 2013 14
Phantastix White 20, Synergy Lacrosse 3

Long Island Yellow Jackets 17, Greene Turtle Lacrosse Club 5: Long Island jumped out to a 14-4 halftime lead and cruised to the victory. Alyssa Ferro had four goals and an assist for Long Island and Michaela Aymong mad 15 saves. Katherine Esslinger led Greene Turtle with two goals.

Team Integrity 19, Upstate NY 14: Team Integrity pulled away from a one-goal lead at the half to post the win. Savannah Woodard had three goals and two assists for Team Integrity. Amanda Wheeler had three goals for Upstate NY.

Long Island Liberty 15, CheckHers Elite 2013 14: Becky Conto scored two goals in the final 40 seconds to lift Long Island Liberty over CheckHers Elite 2013 by a 15-14 score. Conto scored five goals and added an assist in the win. Megan Pettine led CheckHers with four goals.

Phantastix White 20, Synergy Lacrosse 3: Phantastix White held Synergy Lacrosse scoreless for the final 43 plus minutes to post a 20-3 victory. Claire Jackson led Phantastix with four goals. Maura Grady made nine saves for Synergy.

12 p.m. Consolation Bracket Scores

posted by Brian Logue | July 7, 2:16 p.m.

Cardinal Lacrosse 17, Pacific Falcons 15
Team 180 19, Rhode Island 13
NVYLL 18, SEPA 2013 White 5
Lax Maniax 7, Ohio Chapter 5
Amherst 14, Greater Houston 10
Nor Cal Gold 12, Fat Cat Lacrosse 10

Cardinal Lacrosse 17, Pacific Falcons 15: Alex Condon's big day led Cardinal Lacrosse from Virginia over the San Diego-based Pacific Falcons. Condon had seven goals and an assist for Cardinal. Julie Crowell led Pacific with five goals.

Team 180 19, Rhode Island 13: Team 180 from Colorado got four goals each from Emma Lazaroff and Abby Szlachta while Rhode Island was led by Faylnn McCartney with three goals.

NVYLL 18, SEPA 5: Northern Virginia's balanced attack featured three goals each from Shannon Gallagher and Elena Obregon. Southeastern Pennsylvania was led by Alissa Salvitti with three goals.

LaxManiax 7, Ohio Chapter 5: The Lax Maniax from Florida overcame a slow start to post a victory. Down 3-1 at the half, the Maniax rallied for the win. Kendall Darley had three goals to lead the offense and Katie Kastner made seven saves. Lexi Minnick led Ohio with three goals.

Amherst 14, Greater Houston 10: Mickenzie Larivee had five goals and an assist and Megan Kolopsky made 11 saves to help Amherst (N.H.) post the victory. Greater Houston goalie Katarina Acosta made 12 saves.

Nor Cal Gold 12, Fat Cat Lacrosse 10: Nor Cal Gold trailed 7-3 at the half, but poured it on in the second half against Fat Cat Lacrosse from Michigan. Gabbi Klein led a balanced effort with two goals. Fat Cat goalie Kristy Allen made 20 saves and Martha Bogo had three goals.

Heating Up

posted by Paul Krome | July 7, 1:35 p.m.

We've got a typical summer afternoon shaping up. It's getting steamy. And while some clouds are starting to roll in to provide an occasional break from the sun, they may bring with them some rain later today.

Dealing with Maryland summer weather is nothing new for the Greene Turtle Lacrosse Club, headquartered right here in Bel Air and serving as an unofficial host, so to speak. GTLC snuck into the no. 16 seed with a 1-2 record in pool play yesterday. As Eboni Preston pointed out, GTLC, largely a rising freshman team, hung with top seed CheckHers 2012 for a half before being eliminated from the championship bracket.

"I'm happy with how we played given that we're younger," said head coach Kim Cudmore. "We're from here. It's neat to see everyone come from all over the United States to here in Bel Air."

One of Greene Turtle's top talents, attacker Brooke Williams, scored six goals, and she'll be a freshman at C. Milton Wright High School this fall.

I'm still waiting for the heat to shut down this 8-year-old blonde-haired boy, who, to the delight of girls all around this place, is belting out Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" in the Rock Band setup near the US Lacrosse information booth.

Consolation games are continuing now. Two quarterfinal games are on tap for 2:30 p.m., and two more will follow at 4:30 p.m. Eboni's going to check out the CheckHers (Md.)/Top of the Bay (Md.) matchup on Field 12, while I'll head over to see Phantastix Purple (Pa.) take on Relentless Hustle (N.Y.). The winners of these two games will meet in a semifinal at 9 a.m. tomorrow.

The late quarterfinals are Western Massachusetts/Wissahickon (Pa.) and TLC 2013 (Md.)/Stars Gold (Va.).

About the Blogger

posted by Paul Krome | July 7, 12:53 p.m.

As you've noticed, Lacrosse Magazine Online is benefitting from an additional blog straight from a player participating in this event. Laura Frankenfield, a rising freshman at Wissahickon (Pa.) High School and lefthanded attacker on the Wissahickon Lacrosse Club here, e-mailed me out of the blue a couple weeks ago expressing an interest in writing for the magazine. As you can read, she's doing a terrific job. What's that old saying about rather being lucky than good?

Here's a little more about Laura, from WLC assistant coach Tom Gannon:

"She's got the strongest shot on the team. She's a funny kid, with a great sense of humor. She cracks the kids up; keeps ‘em loose. She's a joy to coach. She leads the cheers. She's a real nice, nice kid."

WLC has a lot going for it thus far, now with a 4-0 record following a 14-10 win over Synergy (Mass.) in a round of 16 game this morning. Midfielder Haley Schweizer is celebrating her 14th birthday today, and Gannon noted that most players on this community-based team will be entering high school in the fall. Many teams here feature rising sophomores. Emilee Ehret just spent a week at Duke University field hockey camp, according to Gannon. She didn't show fatigue in the first half against Synergy, tallying two goals and two assists.

Wissahickon advances to a 4:30 p.m. quarterfinal against Western Massachusetts, who earned a 17-14 win over Phantastix White (Pa.). As for what Frankenfield thinks about today's games? You can read for yourself on her blog.

One nugget about girls' lacrosse near Philadelphia, that I overheard from the Phantastix White coach, is that teams there also compete for athletes, and field space, presumably, with girls' soccer in the spring. The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) sponsors both fall and spring soccer championships for girls in the state, with many in the eastern part of the state playing in the spring.

CheckHers on Top

posted by Eboni Preston | July 7, 12:46 p.m.

With the start of bracket play heating up, it was hard to pick a single game to watch this morning. On Field 11 was a competitive match between the #8 seed from Long Island and a #9 seed from Maryland. In a game where the seeds were so close, it was almost promised that game would be a good one. I started to make my way down to their field, when I checked the schedule again. I decided against my first thought and settled down on the bleachers by the turf field to catch the #1 and #16 seeds square off in a battle of the Marylands.

Now I know you’re thinking—why that game? No one cares about the #1/16 game, but in a tournament like this I wanted to see what a #1 team really looks like. There are so many talented teams, I just wanted to know what constitutes a #1 ranking and I wanted to see what made these girls so good.

Right before the game started, a couple of younger teams migrated over to see this #1 CheckHers 2012 team play. A team from Houston crowded in front of me and started talking about when they played CheckHers yesterday. One girl said to their goalie, “Were you scared when we played CheckHers yesterday?” The goalie replied, “Heck yes, I was shaking the whole time.”

Another parent from the opposing team said to his wife, “I watched this team in warm-ups and the ball hardly touched the ground. We may be in trouble.”

From the first horn, the CheckHers team proved why they were the team to beat. They scored four goals in the first five minutes and every time Green Turtle came down on the attacking end the CheckHers team posed a swarming defense that flocked to the ball immediately. Green Turtle came back to make the game 9-7 at halftime, thanks mostly in part to phenomenal play from their goaltender. GTLC would not get any closer in the second half, as CheckHers dominated the half from start to finish. The final score was 18-11 and the #1 team further proved why they are atop the bracket pool.

Championship Bracket

posted by Brian Logue | July 7, 12:42 p.m.

Results from the round of 16 in the championship bracket...

CheckHers 2012 18, Greene Turtle LC 11
Top of the Bay 11, Long Island Yellow Jackets 10
Relentless Hustle 13, Integrity Lacrosse 12
Phantastix Purple 22, Upstate NY 21
TLC 2013 19, Long Island Liberty 10
Stars Gold 12, CheckHers 2013 9
Western Mass 17, Phantastix White 14
Wissahickon LC 14, Synergy Lacrosse 10

CheckHers 2012 18, Greene Turtle LC 11: Carleigh Davis had four goals and an assist and Madison Cyr and Kristen Cannon each had three goals for top-seeded CheckHers in a battle of Maryland teams. CheckHers goalies Hannah Clinton and Megan Bearsley combined for 19 saves. Brooke Williams scored six for Greene Turtle and Mary Claire Abbott had 17 saves.

Top of the Bay 11, Long Island Yellow Jackets 10: Long Island jumped out to a 9-5 lead early in the second half, but Maryland's Top of the Bay then scored the next six goals and hung on for the win. Erica Bodt, Elisabeth Rehak, Abigail Smucker and Caroine Haggerty each had two goals for Top of the Bay. Maggie Bill had five goals for the Yellow Jackets.

Relentless Hustle 13, Integrity Lacrosse 12: Integrity Lacrosse scored the last four goals of the game, but Relentless Hustle from New York hung on for a one-goal win. Lauren Gerrie led Relentless Hustle with three goals.

Phantastix Purple 22, Upstate NY 21: Phantastix Purple won a wild shootout to advance to the quarterfinal round. Natalie Schmitt had five goals for Phantastix and Taylor Giglio added five for Upstate NY.

TLC 2013 19, Long Island Liberty 10: TLC scored the last three goals of the first pull to pull away for a 12-7 lead and went on for a nine-goal win. Amanda Sutor had four goals for TLC while Becky Conto had three goals for Long Island Liberty.

Stars Gold 12, CheckHers 2013 9: Carly Reed had three goals and two assists as Stars Gold pulled off the win. Emily Bowersox and Jessica Carder each had three for CheckHers 2013.

Western Mass 17, Phantastix White 14: Western Mass jumped out to a 10-3 halftime lead and won despite going scoreless for the last 11:30 of the game. Bridget Instrum led Western Mass with four goals. Catie Smithhad four goals for Phantastix.

Wissahickon LC 14, Synergy 10: Wissahickon scored the final four goals of the game to post a 14-10 victory. Emilee Ehretled Wissahickon with four goals and two assists. Kiley Fischer led Synergy with three goals. 

Consolation Scores 

posted by Brian Logue | July 7, 10:16 a.m.

The first round of the consolation bracket is complete and most of the games featured a lot of scoring...

Pacific Falcons 19, Nor Cal Blue 14
Team 180 17, Amherst 13
Rhode Island 12, Greater Houston 2
NVYLL 16, Fat Cat Lacrosse 5
SEPA 2013 12, Nor Cal Gold 11
LaxManiax 12, NESLL 10

Some notes from the games: Kerry Klimpel made 13 saves and Julie Crowell had four goals and two assists as the Pacific Falcons won their battle of California teams...Team 180 from Colorado got five goals and two assists from Emma Lazaroff to overcome a 15-save performance from Amherst's (N.H.) Megan Kolopsky...ten different players scored goals in Rhode Island's 12-2 win over Greater Houston. Kate Clancy made eight saves in the win...Shannon Gallagher had four goals and an assist as Northern Virginia beat Fat Cat Lacrosse from Michigan 16-5...Nor Cal Gold made a late rally scoring the final three goals of the game, but SEPA 2013 held on for a 12-11 win. Alissa Salvitti had four goals for SEPA (Southeastern Pennsylvania)...NESLL made a late charge behind Hannah Peterson, but it wasn't enough as the Lax Maniax from Florida won 12-10. Tyler Thomas had five goals for the Lax Maniax while Peterson finished with five goals and an assist for NESLL.

Good Tuesday Morning

Posted by Paul Krome - July 7, 9:15 a.m.

Good sunny, hot morning from Bel Air, Md. I was relegated to office duty yesterday but will be here at Cedar Lane Park covering the girls' championship today and tomorrow. There were some posts about the weather below, and they're on. Not many trees here, so the sun can definitely beat down on you. The athletes probably couldn't care less, but if you are a spectator be sure to load up on the sun screen. Lucky for me, the trailer we're posting from is equipped with AC.

Consolation play began this morning at 8 a.m., and the round of 16 for the championship bracket gets under way at 10 a.m.

When I got here this morning, the complex resembled a tent city. No surprise for lacrosse parents to be decked out in team gear, painting signs on SUV windows, hanging banners from tents, and the like. It's fun to see, and you can tell the participants here are here to win something.

Check back throughout the day as the competition, and thermometer, heats up.

Final Seedings

posted July 6, 7:20 p.m.

Championship Bracket Seedings
1. CheckHers 2012
2. Wissahickon LC
3. TLC 2013
4. Relentless Hustle
5. Phantastix Purple
6. CheckHers 2013
7. Western Mass
8. LI Yellow Jackets
9. Top of the Bay
10. Phantastix White
11. Stars Gold
12. Upstate NY
13. Team Integrity
14. Long Island Liberty
15. Synergy Lacrosse
16. GTLC 2013

All championship bracket games begin on July 7 at 10 a.m.

Consolation Bracket Seedings
1. Cardinal Lacrosse
2. Ohio Chapter
4. Team 180
5. Rhode Island
6. SEPA 2013 White
8. Nor Cal Blue
9. Pacific Falcons
10. Lax Maniax
11. Nor Cal Gold
12. Greater Houston
13. Amherst Lacrosse
14. Fat Cat Lacrosse

The top two seeds in the consolation bracket will receive byes. All other first round games in the consolation bracket begin on July 7 at 8 a.m.

Updated brackets will be available later this evening on the site.

Final Scores

Posted July 6, 7:09 p.m.

Here are the final scores from the 5 p.m. games. We'll have updated seedings for bracket and consolation play shortly...

Wissahickon 15, Nor Cal Gold 8
CheckHers 2013 16, Fat Cat Lacrosse 4
Western Mass 11, GTLC 2013 10
Phantastix White 12, Upstate NY 10
Cardinal Lacrosse 12, Lax Maniax 6
Team Integrity 12, NVYLL 9
Phantastix Purple 14, Amherst Lacrosse 2

Team Integrity Advances

posted by Eboni Preston | July 6, 6:20 p.m.

A day of sun caught up with both teams, as the last game of the day mainly consisted of low scores and a lot of fouls. The score was kept tied 2-2 for most of the first half, but both teams finally found their rhythm and the back of the net with 10 minutes left until halftime. In a game featuring a Team Integrity team from Maryland and a NVYLL team from Virginia, the score fluctuated the rest of the half to end 6-5, in favor of Team Integrity.

The second half proved opposite of the first as Team Integrity stole the show. The team scored early and often to take control of the second half and the game. With a three goal lead, Team Integrity maintained possession for the win 12-9, and will continue on to play in tomorrow’s winners bracket.

It’s the end of day one. After nine hours of lacrosse, the day has definitely been long, but tomorrow looks to be another day of nice weather and great lacrosse. It should be interesting to see how the brackets continue to unfold.

Moving On

posted July 6, 5:05 p.m.

Half of the pools have completed play for the day with one final set of games beginning right now. Here are the scores from the 3:30 p.m. games. We'll have complete seeding results later this evening after all games are complete. The top two teams in each pool will advance to the championship bracket.

Ohio Chapter 14, Greater Houston 8
CheckHers 2012 20, Synergy Lacrosse 3
Team 180 12, Nor Cal Blue 9
Long Island Yellow Jackets 10, Top of the Bay 10
Relentless Hustle 14, Rhode Island 6
Stars Gold 16, Pacific Falcons 5
Long Island Liberty 16, NESLL 12
TLC 2013 14, SEPA 2013 White 2

2nd Round of Pool Play Complete

posted July 6, 3:27 p.m.

Scores from the 2 p.m. games...

GTLC 2013 14, Nor Cal Gold 9
CheckHers 2013 8, Western Mass 8
Wissahickon Lacrosse Club 14, Fat Cat Lacrosse 4
Upstate NY 13, Cardinal Lacrosse 8
Phantastix White 13, Lax Maniax 6
Team Integrity 16, Amherst Lacrosse 6
Phantastix Purple 13, NVYLL 12

Scores Updated

posted July 6, 2:31 p.m.

Here are the 12:30 p.m. scores... (note that the Pool Standings pages are also updated)

Synergy Lacrosse 14, Greater Houston 5
CheckHers 2012 15, Ohio Chapter 4
Top of the Bay 10, Nor Cal Blue 4
Long Island Yellow Jackets 17, Team 180 8
Rhode Island 10, Pacific Falcons 9
Relentless Hustle 9, Stars Gold 8
TLC 2013 11, Long Island Liberty 10
NESLL 9, SEPA 2013 White 9

What It's All About

posted by Eboni Preston | July 6, 2:18 p.m.

It’s amazing to watch the talent level here for such a young age group. The games have been exciting to watch and the players continue to play great lacrosse. It’s been more impressive to see the interaction between the various teams and see players from all over the nation come together and enjoy each other.

A 12:30 game featured a team from Massachusetts versus a team from Houston, Texas. The game consisted of an up and down battle that was eventually won by a young Synergy team from Massachusetts. The competitive fever was high and both teams played a very physical game, however you wouldn’t have known that if you saw those teams 20 minutes later.

After the game, both teams made their way to the Modell's inflatable lacrosse target game in which players shoot balls in an attempt to get their shot through the holes. The teams mixed and mingled as if they had known each other forever when in reality, the only time they’ve shared together were the past 45 minutes they spent on the field in competition. It’s great to see the game develop and watch the lacrosse community grow right along with it.

Props to the Goalies

posted by Eboni Preston | 2:15 p.m.

Being a former goalie, I tend to empathize with the ups and downs of being a keeper. Playing between the pipes is the hardest position on the field. Especially at this age, many goalies tend to be overworked and under-coached, making for a game of high scores, few saves, and a frustrated defensive unit. That being said, I always applaud the goalies that have an ability to dictate a game, despite their natural disadvantage.

This tournament has brought together some of the best under 15 talent across the country—and the goalies have been no exception. I’ve seen goalies on both ends make great plays and contribute significantly to their team’s success. During halftime at one of the games, I actually heard an official go up to a team from New York and say, “You better hug your goalie because she’s tearing it up back there.”

Most of the keepers today have had a strong presence. They’ve made crucial saves, chased down loose balls, and come out of cage to pick off passes—my personal favorite keeper contribution.

It’s been a good day to be a goalie.

Hats off today to the goalkeepers and the coaches who’ve taught them well.

More Scores

posted Monday, July 6 at 11:54 a.m.

Here are the scores from the 10:30 games...

Wissahickon Lacrosse Club 12, GTLC 2013 7
CheckHers 2013 12, NorCal Gold 2
Western Mass 18, Fat Cat Lacrosse 1
Upstate NY 13, Lax Maniax 2
Cardinal Lacrosse 13, Phantastix White 13
Phantastix Purple 10, Team Integrity 9
Northern Virginia YLL 13, Amherst Lacrosse 8

Morning Observations

posted by Paul Ohanian | Monday, July 6 at 11:43 a.m.

Some random morning observations from day one of the girls' championship:

The fashion award goes to Upstate New York, which is sporting lime green tops and bottoms. The uniforms also have each player's name on the back. Adding to the coordination between field and sideline, the team's parents and supporters are decked out in matching lime green t-shirts and watching the action while sitting in lime green canvas chairs.

The busiest tent of the morning belongs to David Hyatt and Endurafit, the official retailer of the U-15 Championship. His merchandise tent, which has been busy for most of the morning, mushroomed with business following the completion of the 9 a.m. games.

Among the EnduraFit offerings: twill caps, in white or pink, for $20; short sleeve event t-shirts, also $20; long-sleeve t-shirts for $25; and shorts for $30.

One parent told me he spent $200 in Hyatt's tent before his daughter had even played her first game of the day.

The EnduraFit shoppers, however, haven't made their way over to the concession area yet, as business is off to a slow start at Smokin' Bull Café trailer. But that should change as lunch hour draws near, especially since there's 120 pounds of beef cooking on the grill and filling just about every corner of the complex with its sweet, smoky aroma.

As for the competition, the pool play is already showcasing the talent disparity between some of the teams. There have been several lopsided scores through the early games.

One coach, who found her team on the short-end of a relatively non-competitive game, remarked that she had asked to be placed in a pool featuring less-experienced teams. Clearly, this coach didn't understand the concept of championship play.

For the sake of competitiveness fairness, teams were placed into their pools by random assignment. The top two teams from each of the eight pools will advance into Tuesday's championship bracket.

View From the Hill

posted by Eboni Preston | Monday, July 6 at 11:15 a.m.

At field 10, the score ran lopsided as two teams from New York and Pennsylvania squared off. As the game went on, four Dads from Long Island stood on top of the hill and watched their daughters play their first game of the day. Their scattered conversation ranged from college recruiting to the latest lax talk, sprinkled with the occasional yells—“Beautiful play girls,” or “Stop hitting the goalie!” They go on into halftime discussing this year’s women’s lacrosse final four and debating about what team will beat Northwestern next season.

It’s early here in Bel-Air, Maryland, but the day is beautiful and the games are in full swing. The weather sets the scene for a great day of summer lacrosse—even for four middle-aged lacrosse dads enjoying a day of girls’ lacrosse.

First Scores In

posted by Brian Logue | Monday, July 6 at 10:41 a.m.

Scores from the first set of games...

Check-Hers 2012 13, Greater Houston 3
Synergy Lacrosse 9, Ohio Chapter 3
Long Island Yellow 14, NorCal Blue 2
Top of the Bay 13, Team 180 10
Stars Gold 17, Rhode Island 2
Relentless Hustle 11, Pacific Falcons 6
Long Island Liberty Red 12, SEPA 2013 White 5
TLC 2013 19, NESLL Summer U-15 Black 7

And We're Underway

posted by Paul Ohanian | Monday, July 6 at 9:42 a.m. EST

The first round of pool play has begun, with some interesting match-ups to keep an eye on as the morning progesses. Two California teams are matched against two New York squads in early East-West showdowns. Any mental edge is welcome.

"We told the girls that this is San Diego weather," said one parent from the Southern California-based Pacific Falcons. "We were expecting hot, humid and lots of insects. But it's actually cooler right now than it is in San Diego."

East Coast rookie.

Hopefully, he won't be too disappointed as the sun climbs higher in the sky and the typical mid-Atlantic day emerges. It's sunny and clear in Bel Air, with temps expected in the mid to high 80s today, and the only shade most of the participants and spectators are going to find is under their team tents or in their cars.

Ready, Set, Go

posted by Brian Logue | Monday, July 6 at 7:55 a.m. EST

Greetings from Bel Air, Md., home of the inaugural US Lacrosse U-15 National Championships. Sunny skies and warm temperatures are greeting the 30 teams and their families as they arrive at Cedar Lane Sports Park. Action gets underway at 9 a.m. with eight games. Stay tuned to Lacrosse Magazine Online all week for updates scores, stats, news and features from the event.

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