Little Giants: Lax Edition

Imagine playing on the biggest stage the game has to offer, with free gear thrown your way, and ESPN announcers calling your name after making a HUGE play. For some U13 players this fantasy became a reality at the 2nd Annual Warrior World Series of Youth Lacrosse (WSYL).

That’s right, a swarm of teenage lax bros, and lax gals now, were treated to an amazing weekend of lacrosse by the Denver Outlaws and the founder of the MLL, Jake Steinfeld.

The teams that attended the event were selected by a blue ribbon panel of youth lacrosse coaches. The chosen teams then competed in regional qualifiers for the chance to play in Sports Authority Fields at Mile High in Denver, Colorado.

“Creating the pinnacle of youth lacrosse as we did for the professional game is another dream come true. Bringing great partners and friends like The Coca-Cola Company, Warrior, MET-Rx, Wheels Up, the Denver Outlaws organization and ESPN will make this the greatest youth lacrosse experience on the planet.”

Jake Steinfeld, Co-Founder of the MLL

The boys semi-final games came down to Team Legacy (N.Y.) v. Team 91 (N.Y.), and Team Igloo Black Ice (N.Y.) v. Team MadDog (Calif.). In a hard fought back and forth battle Team Igloo came out on top of Team MadDog, and Team Legacy managed to hold off the defending champs, Team 91.

On the next day Team Igloo and Team Legacy were given full access to the field and the locker rooms where they found a brand new set of uniforms, gloves, and helmets. In another exciting game Team Legacy was finally crowned the 2016 WSYL CHAMPS!

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“…By 2017 we will continue to move toward the ultimate goal of having eight boys and girls qualifying events in the United States and eight international qualifying events with combined participation of over 50,000 players.”

-Jake Steinfeld

All the players competed in a series of skill competitions including fastest and most accurate shot. They also attended clinics ran by the Denver Outlaws and other MLL stars. Afterwards, they feasted like kings and queens at the players banquet.

What U13 team deserves to play in the 2017 WSYL tournament? Comment Below.

 

Ryan Dance's love for lacrosse began in Tampa, Florida at the age of 9. He traveled the country playing for the Tampa Bay Fire, Team Florida, and then IMG Academy. After graduating from IMG he played for the Ithaca College Bombers. After one season he was sidelined for good by a series of injuries, however, he is still able to pursue his passion of lacrosse through film.

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