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Re: Boys 2026-5th Grade Fall 2018/Summer 2019 [Re: TM@BOTC] #289604
07/23/19 03:29 PM
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makes sense to me. kids are changing rapidly at this age-- size, speed, skill. between now and the spring so much can change. will make team more competitive. have seen what is out there and what is needed to compete with the top teams and now can develop it over the next 6 months.

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Re: Boys 2026-5th Grade Fall 2018/Summer 2019 [Re: Anonymous] #289606
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I watched the Tommyknockers Laxachusetts game and I have to say that the Tommyknockers were every bit as good as LAX and looked more athletic. Very surprising. Would like to see the Knockers, LAX and Hawks play it out.

Re: Boys 2026-5th Grade Fall 2018/Summer 2019 [Re: Anonymous] #289610
07/23/19 04:53 PM
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Instant classic. Too bad that game (and the final) wasn’t on ESPN. 2026 group got shafted.

Re: Boys 2026-5th Grade Fall 2018/Summer 2019 [Re: TM@BOTC] #289612
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Originally Posted by Anonymous
I watched the Tommyknockers Laxachusetts game and I have to say that the Tommyknockers were every bit as good as LAX and looked more athletic. Very surprising. Would like to see the Knockers, LAX and Hawks play it out.


My son played against all three of these teams this Summer. I expected a close game, but was a bit surprised that Tommyknockers lost to Lax Black. Tommyknockers are bigger, deeper, a bit more athletic and skilled, but they do have a tendency to play a little too fast and loose, which can cost them. I was on an adjacent field during their game,so couldn't watch, but heard the cheering....sounded like a great game! Based on what I've seen this Summer (I have seen, or my son has played all listed) it's 1, Hawks; 2. Lax Black; 3. Tommyknockers 4 - 7 in any order SweetLax Upstate, Bethesda, Princeton Tigers, MadLax; 8 - 12 any order FCA, Boston Kings, True IL, BBL, Towermen; and the next level: 91, Express Haugen, Express Lemma, PrimeTime, 2Way, Arden, Legacy

Re: Boys 2026-5th Grade Fall 2018/Summer 2019 [Re: Anonymous] #289620
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Originally Posted by Anonymous
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I watched the Tommyknockers Laxachusetts game and I have to say that the Tommyknockers were every bit as good as LAX and looked more athletic. Very surprising. Would like to see the Knockers, LAX and Hawks play it out.


My son played against all three of these teams this Summer. I expected a close game, but was a bit surprised that Tommyknockers lost to Lax Black. Tommyknockers are bigger, deeper, a bit more athletic and skilled, but they do have a tendency to play a little too fast and loose, which can cost them. I was on an adjacent field during their game,so couldn't watch, but heard the cheering....sounded like a great game! Based on what I've seen this Summer (I have seen, or my son has played all listed) it's 1, Hawks; 2. Lax Black; 3. Tommyknockers 4 - 7 in any order SweetLax Upstate, Bethesda, Princeton Tigers, MadLax; 8 - 12 any order FCA, Boston Kings, True IL, BBL, Towermen; and the next level: 91, Express Haugen, Express Lemma, PrimeTime, 2Way, Arden, Legacy


I agree with everything you said until you got outside the top 3 rankings. Youre wrong on that but I actually don’t even know how someone would be able to rank so many teams anyway. 91 has been a disaster this year. Their last 2 tournaments outside of Ny they’ve won 1 game.

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Re: Boys 2026-5th Grade Fall 2018/Summer 2019 [Re: Anonymous] #289630
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For sure, tough year for 91, but I've seen them against many of the teams I've grouped them with, some on multiple occasions, and they handled their biz. They were better early, I'll give you that, and probably struggled mightily against those above them (Tommyknockers beat them soundly at NLF), but they never quit. As far as seeing/playing against these teams, think about which teams were at the two NLF's (prob 75%+ of above), and sprinkle in several other top-end tourneys over the Summer in LI, PA, CT, and there you have it. Forgot about Eclipse and Igloo, both in the last grouping. It's far from scientific, just what I've seen first hand. It was a long, fun Summer, and I saw some very good teams for the first time (Bethesda, Princeton, Tommyknockers), and met some very cool people from Colorado, Mass, Cali, and Md. Despite what you read here, there are more nice folks at these tourneys than not nice folks. Keep those sticks in your hands boys, a lot of talent spread out around this list...sky's the limit! See you on the circuit...too soon!

Re: Boys 2026-5th Grade Fall 2018/Summer 2019 [Re: Anonymous] #289639
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Originally Posted by Anonymous
Instant classic. Too bad that game (and the final) wasn’t on ESPN. 2026 group got shafted.


Can’t have the game on espn when the top 2 finalist from nlf June hawks/ tigers aren’t there & both beat laxachussets & bbl who is probably top 4 is not there right? Laxavhussets Should have lost this weekend & they would have lost to eclipse if they played them. And bbl should have best laxachussets 2 weekends ago and eciipse beat bbl this summer. Eclipse is way better than tommyknockers and laxachussets so the guy who keeps saying that laxachussets or tommyknockers should be in conversation with hawks is crazy. Hawks are by themselves & then there are others like eclipse, bbl laxachussets etc. and hawks didn’t play eclipse! Hawks dad.

Re: Boys 2026-5th Grade Fall 2018/Summer 2019 [Re: Anonymous] #289646
07/24/19 06:48 AM
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Too bad the Hawks didn’t show up. Didn’t want to risk that “undefeated” record vs the like of Tommyknockers and Laxachusetts. Tigers may be the 2nd best team...in New Jersey. Nice try. Tommyknockers were very deserving of being in the final. And Laxachusetts is the National Champion at 2026. Next time you want to spout off about the Hawks, make sure they have the balls to play at the premier tournament of the season. Oh by the way, what happened the last time the Hawks played Lasachusetts....crickets...mic drop.

Re: Boys 2026-5th Grade Fall 2018/Summer 2019 [Re: TM@BOTC] #289647
07/24/19 06:50 AM
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Too bad the Hawks didn’t show up. Didn’t want to risk that “undefeated” record vs the like of Tommyknockers and Laxachusetts. Tigers may be the 2nd best team...in New Jersey. Nice try. Tommyknockers were very deserving of being in the final. And Laxachusetts is the National Champion at 2026. Next time you want to spout off about the Hawks, make sure they have the balls to play at the premier tournament of the season. Oh by the way, what happened the last time the Hawks played Lasachusetts....crickets...mic drop.

Re: Boys 2026-5th Grade Fall 2018/Summer 2019 [Re: Anonymous] #289650
07/24/19 07:26 AM
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Interesting thoughts, sprinkled with a lot of would’ve, could’ve, should’ves. Admittedly, I have a small sample size for Eclipse, seeing them lose to a slightly above average Express team easily in the out bracket of a tourney in LI. I did not get to see them play at NLF, but they had a nice tourney. So, move em up to the BBl grouping, and True IL down. That doesn’t mean they are on par with Hawks, Lax Black, or Tommyknockers. BBL is a very good team, but again, not on par with those three. It’s just an opinion guy, Outside of the NLF opener, won by the Hawks, any other tourney we played in with Lax Black, they won. That’s not easy, or lucky. I’ll Leave it to a Lax Black parent to chime in about the Tommyknockers, a team Eclipse didn’t play. P.s. You seem to think that winning highly competitive, intense games is lucky...it’s a skill, which Hawks and Lax Black have developed. Tommyknockers had their first taste, and showed very well. Maybe next time they use the experience gained to get over the hump. I would not be surprised.

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Re: Boys 2026-5th Grade Fall 2018/Summer 2019 [Re: Anonymous] #289652
07/24/19 08:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Anonymous
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Instant classic. Too bad that game (and the final) wasn’t on ESPN. 2026 group got shafted.


Can’t have the game on espn when the top 2 finalist from nlf June hawks/ tigers aren’t there & both beat laxachussets & bbl who is probably top 4 is not there right? Laxavhussets Should have lost this weekend & they would have lost to eclipse if they played them. And bbl should have best laxachussets 2 weekends ago and eciipse beat bbl this summer. Eclipse is way better than tommyknockers and laxachussets so the guy who keeps saying that laxachussets or tommyknockers should be in conversation with hawks is crazy. Hawks are by themselves & then there are others like eclipse, bbl laxachussets etc. and hawks didn’t play eclipse! Hawks dad.


Eclipse couldnt beat 2Way at Napptown - Hawks smoked 2Way 8-0 in the Finals

Re: Boys 2026-5th Grade Fall 2018/Summer 2019 [Re: TM@BOTC] #289659
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The silly post was obviously written by an eclipse parent. Be happy, you have a good team. Hawks have the best team I have seen but have not seen them get tested. For some reason laxa didn’t get by the tigers when that matchup could have happened. First tourney of year and no sense of urgency. Tommyknockers earned their spot behind the top two, great showing in a stacked field. aEveryone else is interchangeable with BBL and Tigers being slightly above.

Re: Boys 2026-5th Grade Fall 2018/Summer 2019 [Re: Anonymous] #289700
07/24/19 02:01 PM
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Laxachusetts did win this weekend ("should have lost"...stunad). They are the national champs and deservedly. The destroyed Eclipse 8-4 in championship at Legacy (after losing by 1 in one of their worst games of the year). They pummeled BBL 9-5 at the Prime Time. And yes, they lost to the Tigers, obviously looking past them to the Hawks. Laxachusetts beats the Tigers 9 out of 10. Hawks, Laxachusetts, Tommyknockers...those 3 teams a cut above everyone else. Look at all the tourneys those 3 entered and how many they won. Tommyknockers won 5 and were 36-0 before losing to Laxachusetts by 1 at the buzzer. Laxachusetts won 5 of 6. Hawks won 5 or 6 and didn't lose one. Those 3 teams dominated the 2026 landscape this tourney season. No one else was even close. Those are facts, not opinions.

Re: Boys 2026-5th Grade Fall 2018/Summer 2019 [Re: TM@BOTC] #289705
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The top 3 teams (Hawks, Laxachusetts, Tommyknockers) went a combined 113-3 this tourney season. Total domination. Congratulations to the top Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and West teams. All the kudos are earned.

Re: Boys 2026-5th Grade Fall 2018/Summer 2019 [Re: Anonymous] #289713
07/24/19 03:26 PM
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Hawks are kept out of the NLF by the Crabs. So Hawks couldn't play.

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