Photographer: Trevor Brown
BALTIMORE, July 15, 2015 — US Lacrosse has announced the boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams that will compete in the seventh annual US Lacrosse Under-15 National Championships July 24-26 at the River City Sportsplex in Richmond, Va.
Defending national champions Long Island Yellow Jackets (N.Y.) and 3d Select National (Colo.) return to highlight the girls’ 28-team field and the boys’ 18-team field, respectively. The 46 teams hail from 19 states, and they’ll bring nearly 1,400 players to participate in an event that features many of the best-run programs in US Lacrosse’s national U15 membership.
“We are looking forward to giving our participating teams and families from across the country a first-class tournament experience,” said Beth Porreca, director of special events at US Lacrosse.
Each national championship will begin with a day of pool play. After that, teams will be seeded for a single-elimination bracket to determine the national champion. Teams that reach the semifinals and that win the sportsmanship award will earn automatic invitations to the 2016 US Lacrosse National Championships.
Participating teams, selected via US Lacrosse Regional Championship qualifiers, 2014 U15 National Championship automatic returnees, and at-large bids:
US Lacrosse Girls’ U15 National Championship
1812 Shootout All-Stars (N.Y.)
3d Select (Colo.)
Air Khaos (Ga.)
C2C Dallas (Texas)
Cardinal 2018 (Va.)
Coast To Coast LA Blue (Calif.) – 2014 Sportsmanship Award
Coast To Coast LA Red (Calif.)
Desert Heat (Ariz.)
Eagle Stix 2018 (Ga.)
Eagle Stix 2019 (Ga.) – US Lacrosse Southeast Regional Third Place
Integrity Green (Md.) – US Lacrosse Southeast Regional Champion
Lacrosse Monkey (Minn.) – US Lacrosse Central Regional Third Place
Lakeshore 2019 Orange (Ill.) – US Lacrosse Central Regional Champion
New Jersey South
Pride 2019 Red (Va.) – US Lacrosse Southeast Regional Runner-Up
Sky Walkers 2018 (Md.)
Storm Elite 2018 (Va.)
Team 180 2019 (Colo.)
Top Guns 2018 (N.Y.)
Top Guns 2019 (N.Y.)
Ultimate Elite (Pa./N.J.)
West Coast Starz (Calif.)
Yellow Jackets Blue (N.Y.) – 2014 National Champion
Yellow Jackets Gold (N.Y.) – 2014 National Runner-Up
Yellow Jackets White (N.Y.) – 2014 National Third Place
US Lacrosse Boys’ U15 National Championship
3d Select National (Colo.) – 2014 National Champion
Booth Bandits (Calif.)
C2C Richmond (Va.) – US Lacrosse Southeast Regional Runner-Up
Colorado – 2014 National Third Place
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Md.) – 2014 National Semifinalist
For the Love of the Game 2018 (N.Y.)
LI Express 2018 (N.Y.)
LI Express 2018 North (N.Y.)
LI Jesters (N.Y.)
Long Island (N.Y.)
Maverick Select (N.J.)
New Jersey South
Queen City Chill (Ohio)
Special Forces (Mich.)
Triad Elite (N.C.)
Valley Select (Va.) – US Lacrosse Southeast Regional Champion
Teams this week continue to participate in a #RoadToRichmond social media photo contest. Richmond Region Tourism will award the boys’ and girls’ teams that post the most creative photo illustrating its road to Richmond for the national championship with a go-karting experience and a spa treatment, respectively, during their stay in Richmond.
“We are so excited to host these amazing athletes in the Richmond Region,” said Corey Peterson, director of sports development at Richmond Region Tourism. “The #RoadToRichmond contest has provided a fun way for the destination to ‘meet’ the players before the event and we can’t wait to meet them in person. It’s going to be an exciting few days.”
Players and coaches from the top three teams will receive medals. Lacrosse Magazine will name all-tournament teams. Admission to the event is free of charge.
Athlete’s Connection, STX and Gatorade are sponsors of the US Lacrosse U15 National Championship.
For more on the event, game schedules, the #RoadToRichmond contest, and more, visit uslacrosse.org/u15nationalchampionships<http://www.uslacrosse.org/events/tournaments/u15-national-championships.aspx> or follow @USLaxChamps<https://twitter.com/uslaxchamps> on Twitter. The event hashtag is #uslaxchamps.
About US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body of men’s and women’s lacrosse and the home of the nation’s fastest-growing sport. US Lacrosse has more than 450,000 members in 68 regional chapters across the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse provides programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the sport. Bookmark, like and follow US Lacrosse at uslacrosse.org<http://www.uslacrosse.org>, fb.com/uslacrosse<http://www.facebook.com/uslacrosse> and @uslacrosse<https://twitter.com/uslacrosse>, respectively.
About Richmond Region Tourism
Richmond Region Tourism, the official destination marketing and tourism organization for the Richmond Region, is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the Region to meeting, convention and sports event planners, tour operators and leisure travelers. Richmond Region Tourism operates three Visitor Centers located at the Greater Richmond Convention Center downtown, the Richmond International Airport and Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Hanover County, and a Mobile Visitor Center. More than 7 million people visit the Richmond Region annually, contributing more than $2 billion to the local economy. Tourism generates 21,000 jobs in the Richmond Region. For more information, visit VisitRichmondVA.com<http://www.VisitRichmondVA.com>.
Photographer: Trevor Brown