WDNT Welcomes More Than 1,200 Players
Long Island Metro 1, wearing the HLA uniforms as a result of winning last year's championship, is off to a 2-0-1 start this year.
© Kevin P. Tucker
STONY BROOK, N.Y. – More than 1,200 of the nation’s top high school girls’ lacrosse players took part in the opening day of the 2011 US Lacrosse Women’s Division National Tournament, presented by deBeer and the HLA Foundation, on Saturday at Stony Brook University. This is the 78th anniversary of the event which dates to 1933.
The Schoolgirls Division is the largest portion of the event, with 60 teams from 30 states competing in seven flights. An additional six teams, including the Canadian and United States U19 teams, participated in the Seniors Only Division and nearly 100 players took part in the Stars & Stripes Division, the opening round of tryouts for the 2011-12 U.S. women’s national team.
Play continues on Sunday, with the event concluding with the Val Walchak Trophy to be awarded to the champion of the Onondaga flight in the Schoolgirls Division. Long Island Metro 1 is the defending champion in the event, and they are one of three undefeated teams in the flight at 2-0-1. Baltimore Metro 2 is 2-0 after knocking off upsetting D.C. Metro 1 on Saturday and Philly 1 is 2-0-1. Pool play continues on Sunday morning with the semifinals slated for 11 a.m.
In the Seneca flight, Long Island Metro 3 and D.C. Metro 2 each went 2-0-1 to earn the top seeds in their respective flights. D.C. Metro 2 will see some familiar faces when it meets D.C. Metro 3 in one semifinal while Long Island Metro 3 will face Lower New England 3 in the other semifinal.
In the Oneida flight, Philly 3 went a perfect 3-0 to earn the top seed in its Pool A while Eastern Shore went 2-0-1 to earn the number one seed in Pool B. Philly 3 will take on Baltimore Metro 3 in one semifinal while Eastern Shore takes on Hudson Valley in the other.
In the Tuscarora flight, Colorado rolled through the competition, winning its three games by a combined score of 40-12 to earn the No. 1 seed in Pool A. Colorado will take on New Hampshire/Vermont 1 in the semifinals. The other semifinal pits Western New York/Greater Rochester 1 against Orlando/Gulf Coast 1.
In the Mohawk flight, Nor Cal 1 cruised to a 3-0 mark to earn the top seed in Pool B and will meet Philly 5 in one semifinal. The other semifinal pits Lower New England 4, which had two one-goal wins and a tie, against Georgia 1.
In the Cayuga flight, North Carolina reeled off 51 goals in three games to earn the No. 1 seed in Pool A and will meet Lower New England 5 in the semifinals. Central Pennsylvania also went 3-0 and will meet Western Pennsylvania in other semifinal.
In the Iroquois flight, two teams are off to 3-0 starts in their respective pools. Utah/Idaho leads Pool B and closes out pool play against Nor Cal 2 at 8 a.m. on Sunday. The winner of that game will reach the championship game of the Iroquois Flight. New Hampshire/Vermont 2 is also 3-0 and leads Pool A. They close pool play against Missouri at 8 a.m. Missouri and Arizona are each a game back NH/VT at 2-1.
The U.S. and Canadian U19 teams each went 2-0 on Saturday to take the lead in their respective pools in the Seniors Only Division. Crossover pool play takes place on Sunday morning with the championship game slated for 1 p.m.
In the Seniors Only All-Star Game at Ward Melville High School on Saturday evening, Octavia Williams earned the Beth Stone Award after leading the Red team to a 17-6 victory over the Blue team. Williams, from Long Island's William Floyd High School, had four goals and an assist to pace the Red offense. Ellen Shaffney added three goals and Jill Murray had two goals and three assists. Joelle Hartke led the Blue team with two goals.
Also honored on Saturday night was umpire Lissa Fickert. Fickert, from Ohio and currently the US Lacrosse rules interpreter, received the Nancy Chance Service Award for her service to the sport of women’s lacrosse.