USL Southeast Mid-Morning Update
Day 2 of the US Lacrosse Southeast Regional Championships and Lax Fests, presented by Champion, is underway here at the CASL Soccer Complex in Raleigh, N.C. Some mid-morning appetizers for your consumption as the aroma of Carolina barbecue once again begins to waft throughout the complex.
Today’s an important day for the teams competing in the U15 Regional Championship, as by the end of the day we’ll know the participants for tomorrow’s championship games. On the girls’ side, North Carolina took an important step toward securing the inside track for a spot in the final as the No. 1 seed with an 11-6 win over Georgia. Madeline Bromley scored three goals in the first 27 minutes as Carolina jumped out to a 9-1 lead before the Georgians chipped away in the second half. Colleen O’Connell scored three to key Georgia’s comeback attempt. North Carolina remained unbeaten in tournament play, as it defeated Southern Ohio yesterday, 12-1. Southern Ohio and Georgia draw at noon.
Both North Carolina and Georgia are comprised of top players from various communities in their states, something Georgia coach Mark Flaxer preferred rather than bringing his own club. Players will attend high schools like Alpharetta, Milton and Pope. Flaxer mentioned that area coaches may evaluate potential players for next year’s US Lacrosse travel teams with a point system during the in-house season.
“It’s a lot of fun out here,” he said. “I love that we get to see new teams.”
At the U15 age level on the boys’ side, the Atlanta Coyotes scored one for the South by defeating the MYLA All-Stars (Md.), 8-3. Hughes Moffett scored three goals and Justin Helfgott added two for Atlanta, which is eyeing a berth in tomorrow’s championship game. Dolphin Elite (Fla.) got two goals from Tony Texiera in a 6-1 win over Upper Shelf (N.C.) yesterday evening.
Speaking of yesterday evening, Hudson Valley (N.Y.) boys’ lacrosse coaches, players and parents deserve mention for some perseverance. While some of them got on scheduled flights yesterday morning, bad weather ultimately cancelled later flights. Head coach Paul Santavicca and others thus made the eight-hour drive from upstate New York, pulling into Raleigh around 3 a.m. US Lacrosse event staff pushed back the U13 team’s 8 a.m. game to 10 a.m., and Hudson Valley looked no worse for the wear in that matchup with Cougar Select (N.C.).
Today’s weather was a concern based on the forecast, with temperatures expected to hit 95 later this afternoon. It’s warmed up fairly quickly this morning, but a nice breeze has helped. Hudson Valley parents took turns dousing players in wet towels as they came off the field.
More from Raleigh later today on LaxMagazine.com and twitter.com/paulkrome.