A monster weekend of qualifiers for the US Lacrosse Nationals featured seven tournaments hosted by five of the nation’s premier event owner-operators. Club teams in the 14U, 13U and 12U age groups earned qualification points towards a bid to the national governing body’s 10th annual season-ending gathering for bragging rights among its 300,000-plus youth members.
The US Lacrosse Nationals will field, at most, 16-team brackets in each division, making qualifiers on the #RoadToDelaware key as June turns into July. The Nationals will hit DE Turf Sports Complex in Frederica, Del., Aug. 2-5.
A summary of last weekend’s qualifiers, as provided by on-site staff:
Lax for the Cure (STEPS Lacrosse)
Lax for the Cure celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, offering girls’ teams a competitive and fun event while raising money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation to fight breast cancer. Nearly 280 teams brought more than 5,200 athletes to multiple venues in New Jersey, together raising $235,000 in donations. That all-time total now stands at more than $2.8 million.
On the field, Monster (N.Y.) emerged from a crowded field to win the 14U Division, edging SoundCrosse 2022 (Conn.), 4-3, in the championship game. M&D 23 Black (Md.) defeated Top Guns 2023 Black (N.Y.), 4-2, in the 13U Division final, while M&D 24 Black (Md.) pulled away from Sky Walkers 2024 Blue (N.Y.), 7-3, to capture the 12U Division title.
Off the field, the event recognized STEPS Elite 2024 Blue (N.J.) as the top overall team fundraiser and that squad’s Sophia Cardella as the top individual fundraiser. Each age division likewise saluted top fundraisers.
Trilogy Rider (Trilogy Lacrosse)
More than 100 teams from the tri-state area and beyond competed in the Trilogy Rider Tournament at Rider University in Lawrence Township, N.J., over the weekend. Despite a gloomy forecast earlier in the week, the weather held off which helped to make for an awesome event for the high school and youth boys’ teams.
The 2022A, 2023A, and 2024 divisions represented qualifiers for the 14U, 13U and 12U US Lacrosse Nationals divisions. Headstrong 2022 (Pa.), Blue Star 2023 White (N.J.), and Bucks Select Black 2024 (Pa.) won their respective divisions, while many other teams acquired points.
Great Lax Bay Classic (Trilogy Lacrosse)
In addition to the Rider Tournament, Trilogy Lacrosse operated the Great Lax Bay Classic (GLBC) in Saginaw, Mich., simultaneously. While Trilogy has hosted the Rider Tournament for the past five summers, GLBC (above) represented a first-ever event for one of the leaders in lacrosse education in the Midwest. It made for exciting competition in the Great Lakes region.
Roughly 120 youth, high school and men’s teams competed in the event. The 14UA, 13U and 12U divisions were qualifiers for the US Lacrosse Nationals divisions. The Indian Hill Rangers 14U (Ohio), True Detroit 2023 (Mich.) and True Grand Rapids 12U (Mich.) took home the championships in their respective divisions and dozens of other teams gained points.
Next up, Trilogy Lacrosse will host its inaugural Lake George Tournament for girls’ teams Saturday and Sunday. The event will include US Lacrosse Nationals qualifying divisions.
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.
Riptide Classic (3d Lacrosse) - Boys - Oceanside, Calif.
Park City Showdown (Adrenaline Lacrosse) - Boys & Girls - Park City, Utah
Trilogy Girls Lake George (Trilogy Lacrosse) - Girls - Fort Ann, N.Y.
The Grail (NXT) - Boys & Girls - Westfield, Ind.