More Than 1,400 Play in US Lacrosse National Tournament
Kenzie Kent and her Lower New England 1 team are off to a 3-0 start in the Onondaga flight in the Schoolgirls' Division of the US Lacrosse National Tournament.
© Lee Weissman
STONY BROOK, N.Y. – More than 1,400 women’s lacrosse players took part in the opening day of the 2012 US Lacrosse Women’s National Tournament, presented by Harrow Sports and the HLA Foundation, at Stony Brook University on Saturday. The tournament, which dates to 1933, features 66 teams in this year’s field, along with more than 140 players trying out for the 2012-14 U.S. Women’s National Team.
The Schoolgirls’ Division is the largest division with 62 teams participating in seven flights. Four of the flights completed pool play today and will move onto bracket play on Sunday, while three flights will wrap up pool play on Sunday. The event concludes on Sunday with the awarding of the Val Walchak trophy following the Onondaga Flight championship game at 2 p.m., and the presentation of the Heather Leigh Albert Award to the outstanding player in the Schoolgirls’ Division.
In the Tuscarora flight, Nor Cal 1 and San Diego earned the top seeds. Nor Cal 1 went 2-0-1 to win Pool A and will meet Georgia 1 in a semifinal. San Diego went 2-1 to win Pool B and meets up with Texas 1 in the semifinals. The championship game will be played on Sunday at 2 p.m.
In the Mohawk flight, North Carolina 1 was the only undefeated team and will put its 3-0 record on the line against Virginia in the semifinals. Lower New England 5 won a three-way tie for first in Pool B due to goal differential and will play Maine in the other semifinal. The championship game will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m.
In the Cayuga flight, both Pittsburgh and New Hampshire/Vermont 2 went a perfect 3-0 to win their respective pools. Pittsburgh will meet Nor Cal 2 in one semifinal while New Hampshire/Vermont 2 meets Utah/Idaho in the other semi. The championship game will be played at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
In the Iroquois flight, Southern Ohio and Texas 2 cruised through their pools with perfect 3-0 records. Southern Ohio meets South Carolina in one semi while Texas 2 plays Kentucky/Indiana in the other. The championship game is set for 2 p.m. on Sunday.
In the Onondaga flight, Lower New England has a perfect 3-0 record and has outscored its three opponents 45-19. They meet Long Island Metro 2 (2-0) in a pool play game at 7 a.m. on Sunday morning to try to wrap up the top seed in Pool B. In Pool A, defending champion Baltimore Metro 1 and New Jersey North 1 each have 2-1 marks and will meet in a pool play game at 8 a.m. The championship game of the flight will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m.
In the Seneca flight, it’s been an Empire State domination. In Pool A, Long Island Metro 3 and Upstate New York are both 3-0 heading into a pool play game on Sunday at 8 a.m. In Pool B, Hudson Valley (2-0) is the only undefeated team. The championship game will be played at 1 p.m.
In the Oneida flight, Eastern Shore and Philly 3 have each wrapped up the top seeds in their respective pools with 3-0 marks entering their final pool play game. The championship game will be played at 1 p.m.
In the four-team Seniors Only Division, the Forest team, which includes 2011 Heather Leigh Albert Award winner Taylor Ranftle, is off to a 2-0 start and has clinched a spot in the championship game, which will be played Sunday at 11 a.m.