This upcoming weekend, June 24th-26th, 2011, is the National Draw Tournament. One of the more discussed elite lacrosse events on the calendar, this year's edition has several interesting matchups planned. We are opening this thread for a discussion on the upcoming matches, forecasts, and results.
In the Varsity Bracket, there are some specific teams and pairings worth reviewing.
Altanta : Long Island Wave 2013 Baltimore : Yellow Jackets 2012 East Boston : Yellow Jackets 2013 Gold Chicago : Yellow Jackets 2013 Blue Dallas : Yellow Jackets 2013 East Denver : Yellow Jackets 2013 Black, For the Love of the Game Los Angeles : Yellow Jackets 2012 Gold New York : Suffolk County Varsity Philadelphia : Top Guns 2013, Long Island Wave 2012 San Francisco : Yellow Jackets 2013 Green Washington : Yellow Jackets 2012 Blue
The winners of the Boston, Denver, Palm Springs, and Washington flights receive and automatic bye through the "Sweet Sixteen" round into the Quarter-Finals.
Division Winner Pairings as follows :
Altanta vs. Baltimore, Winner Plays Boston
Chicago vs. Dallas, Winner Plays Denver
Los Angeles vs. New York, Winner Plays Palm Springs
Philadelphia vs. San Francisco, Winner Plays Washington
Interesting matchups that could emerge in the quarterfinals include Yellow Jackets 2013 Gold against the 2012 East group. For the Love of the Game against the Yellow Jackets 2013 Black is an interesting group play game with a quarterfinal match against Yellow Jackets 2013 Blue awaiting. The big question is how far the Top Guns 2013 group can go in the bottom bracket pairings crossing through the Yellow Jackets 2012 Blue and some others.
The National Draw Junior Varsity brackets offer some more interesting competition this weekend.
The local teams to watch include these bracket participants:
Albany : Top Guns 2014 Purple Bozeman : Suffolk County JV, Storm 2013 Durango : Yellow Jackets 2014 Blue Nashville : Long Island Wave 2014 Peoria : Top Guns 2014 Black San Diego : Yellow Jackets 2014 Gold Tucson : Yellow Jackets 2014 Green
Allegheny College Bates College Boston University C.W. Post; LIU Catholic University Cedar Crest College Centenary College Chestnut Hill College Columbia University Connecticut College Denver Dominican College Dowling College Drexel East Stroudsburg University Emerson College Fairfield University Ferrum College Frostburg State Georgian Court Gwynedd-Mercy College Haverford College Hood College IUP Jacksonville University James Madison University La Salle Lebanon Valley Le Moyne College Lehigh university Liberty University Lindenwood University Lynchburg College Manhattan College Marist College Marywood Mercy College Merrimack College Monmouth University Mt St Mary's Neumann University New Haven Penn State Abington Collge Queens College Redlands Richmond RIT Robert Morris Rochester Roger Williams University Rutgers St Francis University-PA St Joseph's University St Leo University St Mary's College (MD) Shippensburg Slippery Rock University Southern Connecticut Stevens Institute of Technology Stevenson University Susquehanna University Swarthmore UMBC US Naval Academy Vermont Wesley College Western New England College William Smith
Early opening round game results from the National Draw 2011 Tournament :
Varsity Results - Game One Long Island Wave 2013 fall to Triple Threat Lax, 8-4 Yellow Jackets East 2012 defeat TriState 2013 Blue, 12-3 Yellow Jackets Gold 2013 defeat Home Grown, 21-0 Yellow Jackets Blue 2013 defeat Relentless Hustle 2012, 11-3 Yellow Jackets East 2013 defeat South Jersey Devils, 15-3 Yellow Jackets Black 2013 draw with Ohio Elite, 4-4 For the Love of the Game defeat Envy 2013, 10-3 Yellow Jackets Gold 2012 defeat Nor'easter 2012/13, 15-1 Suffolk County Varsity over Landsharks, 11-3 Long Island Wave 2012 defeat Buffalo Wings, 13-2 Top Guns 2013 defeat Raider Elite, 9-3 Yellow Jackets Green 2013 defeat CT Lightning, 8-6 Yellow Jacket Blue 2012 defeat Rhono Orange, 14-2
Top Guns Purple 2014 over Ultimate White 2014, 8-3 Suffolk County JV over CC LAX 2013 Brass, 8-7 Storm 2013 defeats Long Island TOGZ, 7-4 Yellow Jackets Blue 2014 over M&D 2014 Red, 8-5 BBL Elite 2014 over Long Island Wave 2014, 9-6
Long Island Wave 2013 dropped their second, 10-7 Yellow Jackets East 2012 over Larry Black, 12-4 Yellow Jackets Gold 2013 over Dynamite 2012, 10-3 Yellow Jackets Blue 2013 over Pacific Falcons 13/14, 10-0 Yellow Jackets East 2013 over Jersey Thunder, 7-5 Yellow Jackets Black 2013 over Envy 2013, 15-1 For the Love of the Game draws with Xtreme 2013, 7-7 Yellow Jackets Gols 2012 draws with STEPS Blue 2013, 8-8 Suffolk County Varsity over FSLAX Gold 2013, 8-7 Long Island Wave 2012 over STEPS White 2013, 11-7 Top Guns 2013 over Buffalo Wings, 11-9 Yellow Jackets Green 2013 draws with Lady Laker Future 2013, 8-8 Yellow Jackets Blue 2012 over Minnesota Elite, 11-2
The Yellow Jackets Blue 2015 won the playoffs with a 3-1 playoff bracket final win over M&D Black 2015. Blue 2015 victories along the way included 8-1 over Sea Bay, 9-2 over Heroes 2015, 6-0 over Long Island Top Guns 2015 Black.
While at National Draw. a parent from an unnamed MD girls team, over breakfast told me, that it is an accepted practice that some kids are held back a year in school, so that they can be more competitive????
Example: a girl that is on track (while in early school years, K - 3rd grade) to be a graduate in the year 2014, is held back a school year so that her actual graduation year becomes 2015.
This is done to give a kid a competitive edge, how would someone know to do this?