The Road to Delaware and the 10th annual US Lacrosse Nationals continued over the weekend with five more qualifying tournaments across the country, allowing participating club teams in the 14U, 13U and 12U age groups to earn points toward a bid to the event. The US Lacrosse Nationals will hit DE Turf Sports Complex in Frederica, Del., Aug. 2-5.

A summary of the qualifiers, as provided by on-site staff:

America’s Finest Rivalry (Adrenaline Lacrosse)

Rooted in San Diego, Adrenaline covets this SoCal summer event that takes place at the familiar Del Mar Polo Fields. It’s a prime location only a mile from the beach and close to world renowned hikes, restaurants and, at this time of year, the famed San Diego County Fair.

The competition has increasingly grown in variety and talent, and more than 100 boys’ and girls’ teams from all over the West and Canada participated.

Locally based RC 2022 (Calif.) won the Boys’ 14U Division thanks largely to a defense that surrendered just one goal in each of three bracket victories, the last of which was a 3-1 defeat of Seattle Starz 2022 (Wash.). That win capped off a 6-0 weekend for RC 2022, which stands at third place nationally with 225 qualification points. Seattle Starz 2022 earned enough to stay in second place with 230.

Seattle Starz 2023 (Wash.) likewise enjoyed a 6-0 weekend and won the Boys’ 13U Division with a 13-2 defeat of Arizona Hot Sauce 2023 in the final. The sweep earned Seattle Starz 2023 enough qualification points to move into fourth place nationally.

In the Boys’ 12U Division, Seattle Starz 2024 (Wash.) won the gold medal somewhat convincingly to conclude a 6-0 weekend. In the process, that squad moved into second place nationally.

On the girls’ side, West Coast Starz 2022 Gold (Calif.) represented the only team to survive the 14U Division pool play unbeaten at 4-0. The San Diegoans then won a nip-and-tuck championship game over Los Angeles Aces 2022 (Calif.), 5-4, moving into third in the nation with 165 qualification points.

In all, America’s Finest Rivalry included 13 divisions of play, and all results appear on the event’s Tourney Machine page.

Meltdown (NXT)

NXT continued its offerings of qualification tournaments for the US Lacrosse Nationals last weekend with its sixth annual Meltdown in suburban Philadelphia. The tournament drew 161 boys’ teams, including 32 that competed in the US Lacrosse 14U, 13U and 12U qualifying divisions.

In the 14U Division, Mad Dog 2022 (N.J.) took home the title by beating Blue Star 2022 (N.J.) in a tight 5-4 battle in the final. It was Mad Dog’s first qualifying event, and they earned 110 qualifying points to vault to 17th overall in the 14U qualifying standings. Mad Dog 2022 withstood a pool-play loss to Saltwater 2022 (Md.), but ran the table in bracket play.

In the 13U Division it was Brotherly Love 2023 Zeus (Pa.) that claimed the trophy, downing FCA Northeast 2023 (N.Y.) in the title game by the score of 9-2. Brotherly Love earned 130 qualifying points and now sits second overall in the 13U qualifying standings.

Finally, in the 12U division, NXT 2024 (Pa.), who currently are ranked third in the 12U qualifying standings, won the championship by beating Freedom 2024 Red (Pa.), 7-3, in the final game.

Check out all scores and results here.

Palmetto Lax Classic II (Bitter Lacrosse)

Now in its sixth year, the Palmetto Lax Classic has become a tradition on the schedule for many teams in the region. This year more than 60 boys’ and girls’ teams, some from as far away as Texas, participated. The bucolic setting just outside of Charleston was the perfect backdrop for a weekend of competitive lacrosse. Out of nine divisions, seven different programs were represented at the top.

Alabama-based Stars went undefeated in the Boys’ 14U Division, taking home the gold medal with a 6-4 defeat of Ohana Lacrosse Company (Fla.) in the final. In the 13U group, ELP Reapers (N.C.) finished undefeated and clinched the title by hanging on to edge TL Loggerheads (S.C.), 6-5, in the final.

View all scores.

Standings and the Weekend Ahead

The qualifications standings for the US Lacrosse Nationals are automated through Tourney Machine by SI Play, and updated as scores from qualifying events are entered into the Tourney Machine platform. Clubs wanting to earn points towards their bid for the US Lacrosse Nationals should register for a Tourney Team account.

By Paul Krome of U.S. Lacrosse; repost by Todd M. Schoenberger

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