Totally despise the holdback movement in youth club lacrosse! But, the Crabs did have the bigger, stronger, faster kids before the current rampant holdback crisis. My son is a 2018 that was a Crab at U13 (no holdbacks) and they looked like a basketball team compared to other teams they played.
You unwittingly made the point here. Now they look like a JV football team. Sure there are 6'2" kids in 8th grade who are on age. The difference is that they weigh 160lbs and are skinny. Crabs rolls out 6'2" 200lb "8th graders" now. See the difference?