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Step One Complete: USA Goes Unbeaten in Blue Division

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NETANYA, Israel — The United States completed a perfect run through the Blue Division of 2018 Federation of International Lacrosse Men’s World Championship, downing England 19-2 on Tuesday night.

The U.S. is a perfect 5-0 and has received a bye into Thursday’s semifinal round. The U.S. will play the winner of Wednesday’s quarterfinal between Australia and Israel in the semifinals on Thursday at 9 p.m. local time, and the game will be broadcast live on ESPNU in the United States (2 p.m. Eastern).

“Words can’t describe the amount of fun this is, and how these guys have really bought into the vision we have of building a team,” said U.S. team head coach John Danowski. “I already have separation anxiety. On Monday when we get home, I’m going to miss these guys.  I’m going to miss the coaches, I’m going to miss the support staff, I’m going to miss the players.

“It’s very quick, but incredibly intense. Not a lot of sleep, but it doesn’t matter. You wake up every day in a great mood because it’s game day and you’re with an incredible group of men and women.”

England’s Joshua Sherry-Brennan scored first in Tuesday’s game, and the English defense was strong throughout the first quarter. Henry Dwobeng made four of his 14 saves in the opening quarter.

Ryan Brown struck first for the U.S. to tie the game, and the U.S. took a 2-1 lead midway through the quarter when Kevin Unterstein fed Tom Schreiber for a goal after Unterstein and Will Haus had forced a turnover near midfield.

John Haus scored just before the quarter expired to make it 3-1, and the U.S. offense was off and rolling.

The U.S. opened up a 13-1 lead before Sherry-Brennan scored England’s final goal late in the third quarter.

Marcus Holman led the U.S. offense with five goals and Ryan Brown continued his big tournament with a four-goal effort, giving him 20 during the world championship. John Haus added a hat trick, Ned Crotty had two goals and two assists and Matt Danowski led the team with three assists.

The U.S. had its most dominant faceoff performance of the tournament with Trevor Baptiste winning 10-of-12 and Greg Gurenlian winning 9-of-11. John Galloway picked up his fifth straight win and was credited with three saves.

England finished pool play with a 1-4 record to place fifth in the Blue Division. Canada (4-1) finished as the No. 2 seed in the Blue Division and also recieved a bye into the semifinal round. They will play in Thursday’s first semifinal against either the Iroquois Nationals, Japan or Puerto Rico.

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Ward Lights-Out for Canada, Backbones Iroquois Shutdown, 10-5

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Ward Lights-Out for Canada, Backbones Iroquois Shutdown, 10-5

It’s a common saying in sports that great offense beats great defense. Dillon Ward proved that wrong Monday.

The Canadian goalie posted 24 saves and an 83 percent save percentage in his team’s battle, including 12 in the first quarter, against the Iroquois Nationals on ESPN Field. Ward’s heroics were the difference in the game according to both head coaches in Canada’s 10-5 victory.

“They have phenomenal players,” said Canada head coach Randy Mearns of the Iroquois. “They have a lot of firepower, and they were peppering it. If it’s not for Dillon Ward, I think we’re the other way.”

Iroquois head coach Red Burnam agreed. It’s strange to see a roster like the Iroquois’s held to only five goals, but it’s abnormal to see a goalie post two dozen saves, too.

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“It’s weird to see any goalie make that many saves, especially against us,” Burnam said. “I think that’s a whole different game if that goalie doesn’t play like that today. You know it, and I know it: that was the difference.”

Ward played off his role in Canada’s win, though, giving plenty of praise to the defense in front of him. Even during the broadcast, you could overhear announces using the phrase “standing on his head” in Hebrew and English.

“I think I played my best of the tournament so far, and hopefully I can continue to grow on that,” Ward said. “I have to give a lot of credit to my defense. They’re forcing them to take a lot of low-angle shots. They obviously took a high volume of shots, but I don’t think a ton of them were from peak scoring positions. My defense gave me a great opportunity to succeed today.

Ward’s performance comes off the back of a good showing Sunday in the 11-10 thriller against USA, a fantastic sign for Canada on its quest for its first back-to-back World Championships gold. It’s not unlikely the Iroquois will see Canada again later this week, and this time around, the team will hope the opposing goalie isn’t in the same zone.

 

“We’ll probably play the same way, it’s just a matter of not catching a goalie that’s so hot,” Burnam said of adjustments for a potential rematch. “I think we played pretty well to hold Canada to 10 goals. We did our job defensively. To hold that team to 10 goals, it is what it is. Didn’t they score 10 goals last night against the U.S.? We just didn’t finish offensively.”

The Iroquois Nationals will play Scotland in its final pool play game Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. on Epoch Field. Canada will finish its group stage versus Australia on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN Field.

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13th Annual Western Shootout Returns To Colorado Springs

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The Adrenaline crew will return to the mountains to kick off July events in Colorado for the 13th annual Western Shootout. Predicated on the idea of bringing together top western club programs to compete in one location, the Shootout is one of Adrenaline’s oldest events and a hot ticket on the recruiting circuit for NCAA coaches in search of nontraditional lacrosse players.

Teams are guaranteed five games to showcase their skills in front of 60+ college coaches en route to claiming ultimate western bragging rights. Less concerned with the college-bound mentality, middle school & youth teams will fight to earn points towards a bid into the US Lacrosse Nationals tournament this August. US Lacrosse has a like-minded goal, which is to bring together the top youth programs nationally to compete in an elite event supported by well-known lacrosse operators from all over the U.S.

Players and college coaches alike will flood the El Pomar Sports Park fields on Friday evening for a first look at Western Showcase. Given the location and the fact that he has proven western lacrosse is here to stay at the collegiate level, legendary coach Bill Tierney (Denver) will lead the opening remarks. Players will be split up by position and run through a series of drills and scrimmages led by college coaches. They will learn and interact with the college coaches before taking the field at a distance the following two days. Conversely, NCAA coaches will get a lay of the land, so-to-speak, in terms of talent and adjust their viewing schedule for the weekend should players peak their interest.

For anyone not attending the showcase, Defy Athletix will also be on site Friday evening hosting a shooting clinic. It is open to ages 10 to 22. See here for more info!

Teams will travel in from eleven states- WA, OR, NV, TX, AZ, CA, MN, IA, KS, UT, CO- and Canada. Last summer, Denver Elite took home six out of the eight division championships, with RC and Utah LC snagging one trophy a piece. Each of these programs are back again this year, with returning and new programs looking to knock them off the western winners pedestal. Each team will play three regular pool play games on Saturday, entering playoff games in day two depending on their ranking. NCAA-led clinics will cap off day one games, which is the perfect opportunity for players to maximize their visibility in a more intimate setting. Sunday morning will feature 2019 and 2020/21 All Star Games where rosters are chosen based on coaches recommendations from the Adrenaline Evaluation Team (AET), college coaches and club coaches. The full game schedule can be found on Tourney Machine here.

In addition to Gatorade keeping all players hydrated for maximum performance, parents can enjoy adult beverages in Vendor Village in between games. Stop by the Adrenaline apparel tent while you’re there and snag some of the latest gear!

Check out our social channels for behind-the-scenes looks all weekend long! Please share your experience with us using the following hashtags so we can feature you on our story!

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Hong Kong Opens World Championships with Fireworks, 20-1 Victory

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Hong Kong Opens World Championships with Fireworks, 20-1 Victory

With the world watching, Hong Kong put on a show.

In the opening game of the 2018 World Championships, Hong Kong walked through Luxembourg, 20-1, Wednesday at ESPN Field in Netanya, Israel.

With 46 countries saturating the competition, one game had to be played the night before the chaos begins Thursday. All attention turned to Hong Kong and World Championships-newcomers Luxembourg under the lights in the first showdown in the Olive Division.

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In the matchup’s opening minutes, Luxembourg opened up the tournament’s scoring and tabbed its first-ever World Championships goal via Max Rubin’s stick. But once Hong Kong found its footing about 10 minutes into the first quarter, the levees collapsed, and the flood of goals poured. After Luxembourg started the scoring, Hong Kong tallied 20 unanswered goals in its largest margin of victory at a World Championships.

“After the first few minutes, I think we shook off the jitters about playing in front of everybody and the first game,” said Hong Kong player Evan Mok-Lamme, who led his team with four goals on the night. “After that, we did what we prepared to do. It took a couple of minutes to get our legs right, get our minds right, and then we were good.”

Expectations were high coming into the tournament for a Hong Kong team that has come a long way since finishing dead last at the 2013 Asia-Pacific Championships. Luxembourg’s program size and inexperience made the Hongkongers strong favorites before faceoff, but there’s assurance in taking care of business.

“We played pretty well at both ends, so I think all of us gained some confidence for the next game, especially with the next game being Poland,” said Hong Kong player Ho Chun Kelvin Mak, who posted two goals and two assists.

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Four years ago in Denver, Poland handled Hong Kong 14-4. In 2018, both teams are expected to be the cream of the crop in the Olive Division, and this win gives Hong Kong momentum heading into the rematch. But the team suspects its next game won’t go the same as Wednesday’s.

“Many players contributed throughout our roster, so this was a good start for everybody to the tournament,” said Hong Kong head coach Scott Browning. “We know our game against Poland is crucial to our results in our pool. They’re going to be ready for us, we’re going to be ready for them, and I think it’s going to be a totally different game from what took place tonight.”

Despite the scoreline, there were some bright spots for Luxembourg. Ten months ago, the team didn’t know if it would be able to come to the World Championships, so being on the field and getting internationally playing experience is a victory in of itself.

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Goalie Nick Beattie took full advantage of the opportunity, drawing oohs and awes from the crowd with some acrobatics in front of net. He turned away 11 shots, with a couple highlight-reels saves in the second quarter, including a miracle save from his knees with the stick.

“I love doing stuff like that,” Beattie said of his second-quarter saves. “I came out here with the mentality that I’m going to play lose, I’m going to play the best game I can. I think a few of those I’d like back, but I think I did the best I could.”

Despite the scoreline, the team is still happy with its performance, Beattie said. Luxembourg knew it would take some lumps. The process is more important than the results at these World Championships.

“We just talked about it as a team. We’re really proud of ourselves for not giving up and grinding through the whole game,” Beattie explained. “We played like it was 0-0 the entire game, and we’re going to keep doing that for the rest of the tournament. We’re said it before and we’ll say it again, we’re not so worried about the end score. We’re worried about how we look as a team and how we carry ourselves as a team from beginning to end.”

Luxembourg will be back in action against Uganda on Friday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN Field. Hong Kong will continue its campaign versus Poland on Friday at 3:15 p.m. on Epoch Field.

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Recapping Final Qualifiers in June and Previewing Potential Nationals Field

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June has turned to July, bringing with it traditional summer-time heat and the final opportunities for 14U, 13U and 12U teams to earn qualifying points toward a berth in the US Lacrosse Nationals. US Lacrosse sanctioned tournament partners 3d Lacrosse, Adrenaline, NXT and Trilogy each hosted a qualifier last weekend as the #RoadToDelaware reaches the home stretch.

The US Lacrosse Nationals will welcome as many as 96 teams to DE Turf Sports Complex in Frederica, Del., Aug. 2-5, marking the national governing body’s 10th annual season-ending tournament for the best of its 300,000 youth members.

A summary of last weekend’s qualifiers, as provided by on-site staff:

The Grail (NXT)

NXT held a huge Midwestern qualifier in Westfield, Ind., at Grand Park. Alongside an affiliated high school event the Mid-American Showcase, NXT’s Grail featured some 60 teams that entered the highly competitive US Lacrosse qualifying divisions at boys’ 12U, 13U, and 14U, and girls’ 12U and 14U.

The Grail was a two-day, championship-format tournament, and several teams managed to earn significant qualifying points for the US Lacrosse Nationals.

In the boys’ 14U Division, Indiana-based Mad Cats 2022 took home the title by beating Blue Brothers 14U Blue, 9-1, in the final. The Cats earned 140 qualifying points and are tied for fourth overall in the 14U qualifying standings.

In the boys’ 13U Division, it was Cincy Royals 2023 Elite (Ohio) that claimed the trophy, downing True Ohio 2023 White in the title game by the close score of 4-2. Cincy Royals 2023 Elite earned 120 qualifying points and has moved to 15th overall in the 13U qualifying standings.

Wrapping up the boys, in the 12U Division, Resolute 2024 (Ohio), currently ranked 13th in the qualifying standings, won the championship by beating HardCor 12U in a nailbiter of a final, 5-4, to earn 120 points.

On the girls’ side, the 14U Division saw Cardinal 2022 from Virginia overwhelm Triumph Select (Mich.), 14-0, in the final to take home the Grail title. Cardinal earned 130 qualifying points to move to first overall in the standings.

In the 12U Division, Cincy Royals 2024 (Ohio) was a comprehensive winner, beating Velocity MS (Ohio) for the trophy, 12-3. The Royals earned 115 points and now sit fifth in the 12U qualifying standings.

What Might the Nationals Field Look Like?

With slightly more than one month until all of the six divisional gold-medal games on Aug. 5 are streamed live on US Lacrosse social media properties, spots in the US Lacrosse Nationals largely remain up for grabs. Seven qualifier tournaments remain, meaning teams still have opportunities to break into, or out of, the top 16 in each age division.

Two spots were grabbed last year, however. The Yellow Jackets (N.Y.) won the 13U Division and Igloo (N.Y.) won the 12U Division on the girls’ side in Richmond, Va., a year ago. Not only did those squads take home gold medals, they earned automatic invitations to this year’s Nationals in the next highest age group. Expect much of the same rosters from each team to return and compete for a second straight US Lacrosse national championship, this time in 14U for the Jackets and in 13U for Igloo.

Keeping in mind that sometimes there can be a lag time between the end of a qualifier and the upload of qualification points in Tourney Machine, as of this writing the Cardinal 2022 Red (Va.) girls have earned 430 points. That ranks first not only in the 14U Division, but in all six divisions overall. The Northern Virginians bolstered their prospects by winning NXT’s Grail Tournament last weekend.

In the oldest age group for the boys, Seattle Starz 2022 (Wash.) has a slim lead over Team 24/7 (N.C.) as July gets underway.

Have a look at the current standings in each division below.

Note: US Lacrosse has been made aware of selected errors in point tabulation and is pursuing corrections accordingly. Thank you for your patience.

The Weekend Ahead

The qualifications standings (above) for the US Lacrosse Nationals are automated through Tourney Machine, and updated as scores from qualifying events are entered into the Tourney Machine platform. Lag times between the end of a given qualifier and entry of earned points may vary. Clubs wanting to earn points towards their bid for the US Lacrosse Nationals should register for a Tourney Team account.

  • The Grind (Ultimate Events and Sports) – Girls – Chester County, Pa.

  • NXT Cup (NXT) – Boys – Downingtown, Pa.

The #RoadToDelaware
The 10th annual US Lacrosse Nationals will bring together the best boys’ and girls’ teams from across the country for four days of high-level competition in a fun atmosphere Aug. 2-5, 2018, in Frederica, Del. Sign up your team for a qualifying event.
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Boys Adrenaline All-American Game : REPLAY

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Boys Adrenaline All-American Game : REPLAY

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Jersey # First Last Position High School College Committed
1 Jack Crockett Attack Sacred Heart Prep Princeton University
2 Jack Collins Attack Avon Old Farms Boston University
3 Drew Erickson Attack San Ramon Valley University of Denver
4 Joshua James Attack WJ Palmer Towson University
5 Samuel Handley Attack Jesuit Portland University of Pennsylvania
6 Patrick English Attack Forest Hills Central Marquette University
7 Beau Pederson Attack Park City High School Princeton University
8 Nicholas Williams Midfield Conifer High School Hofstra University
9 JR Armistead Midfield Bellarmine College Prep University of Richmond
10 Mason Bonnie Midfield Lawrenceville School/Deerfield Academy Georgetown University
11 Brett Boos Midfield Chaparral University of Denver
12 Cole Daninger Midfield O’Dea High School Rutgers University
13 Jadon Kerry Midfield Chanhassen High School Duke University
14 George Pike Midfield Avon Old Farms School Brown University
15 Samuel Dracobly Midfield O’Dea Naval Academy
16 Jackson Harvey Midfield Arapahoe High School University of Denver
17 Jack Sercu Midfield Eastside Catholic High School Williams College
18 Matt Marino Midfield Bellevue High School University of Denver
19 Emmett Jones Defense Lakeridge Highschool High Point University
20 Will Carson Defense Skyline Boston University
21 Cathal Roberts Defense San Ramon Valley High School Princeton University
22 Brody LaPorte Defense Menlo School Villanova
23 Ross Buchmann Defense MICDS University of Vermont
24 Mark Rakowski Defense Lawrenceville School University of Pennsylvania
25 Drake Schaffner Defense Gonzaga College High School Dartmouth
26 Mac Gates Goalie Saint Ignatius College Preparatory Hofstra University
27 Jack Schlendorf Goalie Oregon Episcopal School (OES) Harvard
28 Cole French Goalie San Ramon Valley High School University of Denver

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Jersey # First Last Position High School College Committed
1 Nicholas Demaio Attack Coronado Boston University
2 Paul Rodriguez Attack Harvard Westlake University of Virginia
3 Brandon Meaux Attack Episcopal School of Dallas Georgetown University
4 Chase Taylor Attack Great Oak High School United States Military Academy, West Point
5 Ramsey McCreary Attack The Woodlands High School Notre Dame
6 Ellis Geis Attack Foothill Santa Ana Denver University
7 Tate Young Midfield Westlake High School Notre Dame
8 Josh Tauss Attack Cathedral Catholic US Air Force Academy
9 Ryan Ramirez Midfield Torrey Pines High School Bryant University
10 David Sprock Midfield Jesuit College Prep Rutgers University
11 Spencer Grant Faceoff Torrey Pines High School Univeristy of Michigan
12 Shayne Grant Midfield Torrey Pines High School Univeristy of Richmond
13 Aidan Hesse Faceoff Loyola High School Tufts University
14 Jake Brophy Midfield Coronado High School UCLA
15 Isaiah Dawson Midfield The Bishops School Harvard
16 Quentin Buchman Midfield Santa Margarita Catholic Notre Dame
17 Trent Pernell Midfield Palo Verde High School Colorado Mesa University
18 Aidan Johnston Defense Dallas Jesuit The University of Michigan
19 Hayden Rodenbeck Defense Servite High School University of Utah
20 Cade Saustad Defense Highland Park High School University of Virginia
21 Justin Cheng Defense Beckman Notre Dame
22 Blake Gagen Defense Torrey Pines High School University of Delaware
23 Evan Egan Defense Torrey Pines High School UNC
24 Greyson Mokarow Defense Dallas Jesuit University of Denver
25 Jonathan Ford LSM Torrey Pines High School University of Notre Dame
26 Makail Fraboni Goalie Torrey Pines High School US Naval Academy
27 Carver Skarnulis Goalie Anderson High School Marquette

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The Ultimate Underdog: James Madison Seniors Redefine Culture During Championship Run

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When the right moment presents itself, a quiet leader will become a catalyst.

In the fall, senior Haley Warden saw the potential in her James Madison women’s lacrosse team. Warden, a quiet leader by nature and a workhorse at heart, cried as she shared that belief with her teammates.

 “I voiced how confident I was in our team making the national championship,” Warden said. “Our confidence needs to start somewhere.”

After making three straight NCAA tournament appearances, failing to advance past the second round, the Dukes set out to achieve what hadn’t been done before.

“If you set your goals high, you’re more likely to attain them,” Warden said. “Once we started to get the buzz around a national championship, we really started to believe it.”

Seeing Warden put herself out there in front of her peers gave coach Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe chills. The coach expected to take personal responsibility in leading the team deep into the postseason. She knew James Madison had such potential. But after seeing her players buy into the idea, she knew something special was brewing.

“That moment for me, it was so impactful,” Klaes-Bawcombe said. “We have a great coaching staff, but we can’t do it without the athletes. You need the athletes to be the ones to transform the program. They went about the process exactly the right way.”

After defeating North Carolina to begin and end the Tar Heels’ season, the Dukes were all in. Just one more game — a thrilling 16-15 victory over Boston College in the NCAA championship game May 27 at Stony Brook’s LaValle Stadium — and James Madison made history.

“It started with them just taking that leap of faith,” Klaes-Bawcombe said. “They transformed us into national champions.”

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James Madison’s class of 2018 arrived in Harrisonburg, Va., in 2015, after the Dukes’ disappointing 2014 finish as the CAA runner-up to Towson.

At the time, James Madison had not qualified for the NCAA tournament since 2011, two years before the bracket expanded from 16 to 26 teams. If the Dukes didn’t win the CAA title, they didn’t go dancing.

Then-freshmen defender Rebecca Tooker, an Eastport, N.Y., native, saw action in just three games that year, but still remained hopeful her chance would come. The self-proclaimed “loud one” of her recruiting class had the energy James Madison needed to alter the trajectory of the program.

The seniors on the 2015 team knew nothing but losing in the conference tournament. Tooker led a brash group of newcomers with unqualified confidence.

“Coaches are going to attack program weaknesses,” Klaes-Bawcombe said. “We found student-athletes that could bring us that confidence, because confidence is contagious. We wanted the seniors to be uncomfortable.”

Klaes-Bawcombe and Tooker’s classmates use words like “in-your-face” and “firecracker” to describe the All-CAA defender. She danced to songs about cats on the bus, screamed in the middle of huddles before lineup announcements and, prior to the NCAA championship game, sang lead vocal to Fitz and the Tantrums’ hit song “HandClap.”

Warden quickly became friends with Tooker because she brought out the best in others.

“People really buy into her loud effective leadership style,” Warden said. “That allows her to lead in an unorthodox way. She makes everyone super comfortable and people like to follow that.”

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Teammates fed off of Tooker’s positive vibes.

“She opened the passageway for everyone else to feel the same way,” said Kristen Gaudian, the senior attacker and Tewaaraton finalist. “Her energy started it at the very beginning.”

But it was Klaes-Bawcombe who brought out the best in Tooker, who also was recruited by North Carolina, Florida and Delaware.

While heading south with her mother, Shelley, to visit another school prior to the start of her junior year in high school, Tooker decided to make a pit stop at JMU.

But unbeknownst to Tooker, Klaes-Bawcombe — a 1997 JMU alum who earned the head coaching position in 2007 after her second attempt at applying — was there to greet her for a one-on-one tour, boasting about Tooker’s play in a summer tournament.

“Knowing that she remembered how I played in a tournament just really sealed the deal for me,” Tooker said. “I definitely saw the hard work and dedication. She said that we have the will and the way and we have everything … to really push this team to become a champion.”

Tooker never completed her road trip that day. When September hit, she called Klaes-Bawcombe and said she wanted to be a Duke.

“Her word came true four years later,” Tooker said.

“There’s so much power in belief,” Klaes-Bawcombe said. “Rebecca believes in herself. She believes in our program. When you can get people to believe in themselves, you can make amazing things happen.”

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YOU DO YOU.

By senior year, Tooker was named captain alongside Warden and attacker Morgan Hardt. At first, Klaes-Bawcombe wondered whether Tooker was the right choice, given her high-energy personality. But she saw the effect Tooker had on her class, which ultimately trickled down to the freshmen.

“Once the team bought into her and allowed her to be just herself in all her glory, it’s where the team really latched onto its leaders,” Klaes-Bawcombe said. “She just shows us that she could do it her way, she can have fun, she can be herself and the team respects her for that. They’re willing to follow her. We have a saying on our team — you do you — and I think Rebecca, to me, is the epitome of that.”

“I am so happy with this team because I think many other teams would look at it as weird, but our team just embraced it,” Tooker said.

The 12th-year coach watched as the senior class showed how to “lead with a heart … instead of saying this is my way or the highway.” They wanted all members of the team to feel comfortable speaking their minds.

On the eve of the NCAA championship game, the freshman class voted for the team to wear its Nike-sponsored gray cotton dresses — with a hot pink swoosh — to dinner at Seasons 52, a Garden City, N.Y., wine bar and grill where restaurant goers typically wear professional attire. Next thing they knew, Klaes-Bawcombe got on the bus wearing the exact same dress.

 “When are we all going to dress up the same way again?” Klaes-Bawcombe said. “It was a moment for the team. Sometimes people worry what people think. Well, this team doesn’t care about what people think. They just want to lose themselves in each other. … They don’t think they’re too cool for those moments.”

Ranked No. 17 during the preseason, the Dukes entered the championship game with the same underdog mentality they rode all season long to a 22-1 finish.

In the locker room at LaValle, it was redshirt freshman goalie Molly Dougherty’s turn to speak up.

“People were talking about this being a magical year and a Cinderalla story for us,” she told her teammates. “But we put in all the hard work. That seems almost like a lie to say. That discredits everything everyone put in.

“It’s not just us,” continued Dougherty, who had only earned the full-time starting role in net after the Dukes’ CAA title game victory over Towson on May 6. “It’s all the scout players, all the freshmen taking notes during film because they want to be the best scout players that they can. It’s top to bottom a whole team effort.”

It’s the 5 a.m. runs and the extra shooting drills after practice. It’s Annie Dell, who was plagued by injuries throughout her college career, but wasn’t willing to quit, leaving no room for error for the underclassmen. It’s the 15-12 loss to Maryland on March 24 — the Dukes’ only blemish. All of these experiences fueled an underdog mentality.

Before the national championship game, the Dukes sang and danced. Gaudian’s and junior Natalie Fuccillo’s fathers wore purple wigs and threw purple streamers in the stands as players egged on their parents.

“That’s them losing themselves in the moment and not being embarrassed by their pride,” Klaes-Bawcombe said. “The parents make just as much sacrifice. We’re not embarrassed. We’re not ashamed. We’re just having fun.”

When starting senior defender Corinne Schmidt, a fellow Long Island native, was yellow-carded out of the championship game just over five minutes into the second half, Tooker made it the team’s mission to play for her because she, too, had been there since the beginning.

In that moment, Klaes-Bawcombe told Schmidt that character shows in times of struggle. Then two seniors — Elena Romesburg and Gaudian — scored back-to-back goals over the next eight minutes to take a lead that never disappeared.

“That’s when we realized we were going to win,” Romesburg said. “It’s us against the world.”

For the first time since 1990, a team that was not Maryland, North Carolina, Northwestern, Princeton or Virginia won the crown. For the first time and in its 50th season, James Madison was a national champion.

“I just love that no one ever thought that we would be able to do this,” Gaudian said. “It’s making a mark on lacrosse. Having those five teams in the past 28 years win over and over again, we need to make a change. It just shows that if you continue to work hard, any team can become a national champion.”

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JMU’s seniors arrived as freshmen with swagger — eventually belying the label of Cinderella.
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James Madison capped its first championship with a 16-15 win over Boston College at Stony Brook's LaValle Stadium.
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Rebecca Tooker (No. 22) helped invigorate a freshman class that was an integral part of JMU's national title run.



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Adrenaline Caps Of June Events In Park City, Utah

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Adrenaline will finish out June events strong in Utah for the second annual Park City Showdown, hosted at several incredibly manicured fields in the heart of Park City. 70+ boys and girls programs will compete in two days worth of games in hopes of claiming a division title. Team will travel in from WA, CA, CO, MT, UT, TX, OR, MN and NV to claim western bragging rights.

Park City is the perfect location for families and players to come and vacation, all while enjoying time well spent on the field. Every team is guaranteed four regular pool play games. Based on rankings, the #1 and #2 seed will enter a 5th game for the championship in each of their respective divisions. You can find all match ups and live score updates here.

Park City Showdown is one of several US qualifier tournaments for both boys and girls programs where teams can earn points towards the USL Nationals tournament going on this August! Western qualifiers like this one allow newer hotbed states such as UT, CA, and CO to have teams earn points without having to travel back east. The competition in these areas is growing at an increasingly rapid rate, and its only fitting that they be afforded the same local opportunities to earn points on the #RoadToDelaware.

Tune in to Adrenaline’s social media all weekend long for insider looks into the event! Additionally, please share your experience with us! Use these hashtags: #Adrln #PCShowdown18

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GOLD – 2018 World Championships Pool Preview #12

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GOLD – 2018 World Championships Pool Preview #12

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The 2018 World Lacrosse Championships are rapidly approaching, and we couldn’t be more excited! Netanya, Israel will play host to the 46-team tournament that will decide a World Champion, as give a finite ranking to how one nation stacks up compared to another. Our coverage of these games has been and will be thorough and complete, continuing now with this series detailing the 14 pools (13 of 3 + Blue of 6).

There is no particular order I’ll be going in, and today’s discussion will pertain to the Gold Group of Switzerland, Slovakia and Taiwan.

This is an interesting pool, with opportunity existing for each of the three teams included. The first seeded team will look to distance itself from the latter, as the second and third are still struggling to find their identity and where on the leaderboard they belong.

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Switzerland

Every team who took place in the 2014 World Championships who did not earn a gold medal will be looking to improve their placement in 2018. The Swiss had a breakout performance in Denver, finishing 15th of 38 compared to their 23 of 29 debut in Manchester’s 2010 games.

Moving up eight positions as the tournament expanded by nine teams was a major accomplishment, but that was then, and new challenges arise in 2018 as the field again expands by eight more nations.

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The Swiss are up to the task though. Constant play in a bountiful lacrosse region has a familiar cast of characters playing virtually every weekend all over Europe. Quality coaching, immersion into the box game, and just a competitive spirit launched Switzerland forward in 2016’s European Championships to a sixth place finish.

Switzerland had one pool play loss to Israel (2-9), who finished second, but were otherwise perfect in group – including a win over Sweden (8-3). Switzerland was knocked from contention by eventual champions, England (3-12), and then went on to beat Scotland (9-8) before ultimately losing to Germany (5-10). When all was said and done, the Swiss were only able to be capped by England, Israel, and Germany. Those programs are where Switzerland wants to be, and 2018 sounds like a great year to see the boys make a run at it!

Slovakia

The Slovakian team that will take the field in 2018 will be the mystery box of the group. Slovakian lacrosse has fluctuated, but regional growth is slowly but surely advancing the game forward. A six-team league in the domestic Slovakian league has traditionally been dominated by the Bratislava Tricksters.

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This year, the Tricksters took their talents on the road to take part in the inaugural Danube Lacrosse League. Competition against the Vienna Monarchs, Graz Gladiators, and Budapest LC was aimed at giving the Tricksters, who most of the Slovakian National Team roster is comprised of, a fresh look at other teams in an effort to improve. I also saw the Tricksters in Budapest at the New Year’s Cup, and I think if we see the higher echelon of Slovakian talent, we’ll see a much better team than we saw in 2016.

The European Championships were a rough showing for the Slovakians. Only one pool play win over France (11-2) meant that Slovakia would be scrapping it out in the 17-24 bracket. A tough loss to Denmark (12-13) led to a match and win against Slovenia (12-3), before dropping the 21st place game to Italy (7-9).

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2018 proves to be different however, as we’re sure to see a team comprised of only the top Slovakian players and some North American assistance.

Taiwan

Welcome to the party, Taiwan! These 23 men will be one of nine teams making their debut in Netanya. There’s never been a more difficult field to enter than this field of 46. This is a pivotal year to enter however, as the FIL aims to trim to 30 teams in 2022’s World Championships, a rock solid showing would be a huge accomplishment moving forward as a program.

A strong bond in Asia exists, as the general consensus is that a rising tide will raise the level of play for all teams. Countless hours on the ground spreading the game, an academy-styled approach towards building core groups of players, and a combined effort with neighbors like Hong Kong have led to rapid development for this program.

We have see Taiwan in FIL sanctioned play before, as they have competed the 2017 ASPAC games after joining the APLU in 2015. A thrilling win over China (10-9) gave Taiwan a late-tournament boost up to fifth place in these regional championships. This win was a team improvement, after Taiwan was initially defeated by China (11-16) earlier in the tournament.

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This pool challenges Taiwan, but success is most certainly possible.
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Gold Group Matchups

Switzerland vs. Slovakia

Thursday July 12, 08:45 Wingate Field 6

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These two teams saw each other in 2010, but I strongly doubt we’ll see very much overlap whatsoever in those rosters. The Swiss have been widely-regarded as the European team on the move, and we’ll see is Slovakia can match strides. The one seed is a clear favorite to go 2-0 in the group, but the work still needs to be done.

Slovakia vs. Taiwan

Friday July 13, 09:15 Wingate Field 5

Slovakia has been around the block once or twice. They’ve seen almost two dozen new programs added since they came on to the FIL scene in 2010. Slovakia’s scouting report will most likely be empty for this game, versus Taiwan’s ability to see what the Swiss do well a day prior. Physicality and stick skill might go to the Slovakians, but I think we’ll see Taiwan coming in with a plan to make the upset happen. This could be the most exciting game of the group if Taiwan is up to the challenge.

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Taiwan vs. Switzerland

Saturday July 14, 17:30 Wingate Field 2

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Where I believe Taiwan has a chance at topping Slovakia, I don’t believe that the Swiss would allow Slovakian mistakes to be repeated if that were to happen. The Swiss machine is getting more and more efficient with every passing championship tournament, and Taiwan will have to try and make up for the sheer lack of experience in this setting. I do believe that Taiwan will surprise at this tournament, but to what extent they’re able to execute will be up to the 23 men in red and blue.

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I’m not partial to one team or the other in any given game, but I am a big fan of the Swiss program as a whole. Development is great, and there are really awesome people involved, but it’s the team names that keeps me in Switzerland’s corner. The Zurich Lions make up a lot of the roster, and are the reigning Swiss champs, but the Fribourg Skunks take home best team name in Switzerland, followed in order by Toblerone, the Wettingen Wild, and the box team, Chocolax.

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I’m familiar with the Slovakian program, and I’ve made a great many friends through the Tricksters as well as the Bratislava Bats. There’s this weird dichotomy in Slovakia where certain players play field lacrosse and a completely separate group plays box. The field group obviously wants to include the box guys because players are limited, and the box guys want to include the field guys, but there’s a higher barrier of entry to playing box. I took a trip down the road from Prague this past year to Slovakia to help lead a box introductory camp where we had Austrians, Czechs, and Slovakians with all different levels of ability.

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I saw Taiwan play up close and when I played against the team in the Hong Kong open back in 2017. My team won, and Taiwan therefore lost, but the attitude and excitement on the Taiwan sideline was infinitely better than ours. Thinking back on it, they got a lot more out of that game than we did. Sometimes you’ll hear “oh I can’t stand that guy on the field, but he’s great without a helmet on”. These Taiwan guys were the nicest guys off AND on the field. I think that “work hard, have fun, work harder, have more fun” attitude will serve them well in the near future.

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