Saturday, July 20, 2013

College and Post-College: Lake Tahoe Lacrosse Tournament - Part 4

Incline Village Lacrosse Field

O Club v Tribe – O Club prevailed, 11-3

I don't yet know who prevailed in the quarterfinal game between Ryquin of Sacramento and the Olympic Club, the winner of which match will be the fourth semi-finalist in the Lake Tahoe Lacrosse Tournament, but we do know that the Adrenaline Tropics, West Sunset, and Dub C have been invited to the dance.

Here's a short backstory, relating to the 2013 semifinal teams. Last year (2012), Dub C (former WCLL MCLA players) took out West Sunset (almost all former SI grads) in the Quarterfinals, 9-7. The AdrenalineTropics (San Diego's hand picked entry from Adrenaline Lacrosse) then defeated Dub C, 8-6, in the Championship game.

In 2011, the Tropics defeated West Sunset in the Championship game.

So, "See ya next year," is not a throwaway line at LTLT! Tomorrow's semi-final between the Adrenaline Tropics and West Sunset should be a good one!

The Tropics, sponsored by lacrosse conglomerate, Adrenaline, Inc., state on their website that they have won six tournaments in the last three years, while amassing an overall record of 62-3. In fact, the Tropics have both an A team and a B team! The A team's roster is shown below:

That squad is a handful for any team in the tourney.

If the O Club defeated Ryquin, thus making the semi-finals, it would mean that all four semi-finalists have been in the Lake Tahoe Lacrosse Tournament semis on multiple occasions in the past few years. Further, each of those teams has reached the finals in one or more years.  

As a minor sidelight to tomorrow's semi-final between West Sunset and the Tropics, there will be three Yalies playing in this game. Yale had a good season in 2013, finishing 5th to 8th in NCAA DI, depending on whose rankings you believe. Yale's 2014 Captain, Jimmy Craft, is working in SF this Summer. At a casual dinner with his teammate, JW McGovern, an SI grad playing for West Sunset, who'll be a Soph Attack at Yale this year, the topic of the Tahoe tournament came up and a roster spot on West Sunset for Mr. Craft was found! The Adrenaline Tropics found their own Yalie, Michael Keasey, who'll be a returning Soph Midfielder from Corona Del Mar. He was named West Coast High School Player of the Year in 2012 by some organization whose name I can't recall at the moment.  

That last paragraph was a prelude to saying, "Let's hope that USC or Stanford or some other California University will find a way to start a DI team, so that more of our homegrown talent can stay closer to home!"

THE spot for that post-game Ice Bath

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