The Junior Stealth enjoyed lots of success this past weekend (August 2-4) at the 2013 USBOXLA Nationals where they came away with medals in all three divisions. The tournament was held at The Rinks in Irvine, California with both the Pee Wee and Midget teams claiming bronze. The Bantam team took home gold and was undefeated in the event.
Current Stealth player Brett Hickey joined the coaching staff for the weekend and was happy about the final result,
“The kids played well throughout the majority of the weekend and the competition was great. You always expect to win every tournament, so you’d expect to win three gold but despite some of the things that happened throughout, I think we’re pretty proud with how the kids played.”
For the Bantam team, it was a second straight tournament where they went undefeated, but in the previous tournament they ended up with only a bronze, as two other teams were undefeated and had more points. In the 2013 USBOXLA Nationals the Stealth were dominant holding their opponents to only 24 goals, while they managed to find the back of the net 49 times in just 5 games. The championship game was a similar story as they beat out the Canadian team, holding them to just 4 goals and winning the final 9-4.
The tournament was not meant to be all business for the Junior Stealth teams but also a time to have fun and enjoy the experience. A number of the players took in the local California beaches with their families and even explored Mickey’s castle at the happiest place on earth in Disneyland.
With the conclusion of the tournament, the Junior Stealth will be looking for more hardware at the end of the month with the Bantam and Pee Wee teams competing for gold in Toronto from August 23-25 in a Junior National Lacrosse League Tournament.
Stealth President and General Manager Doug Locker can’t wait for more tournaments like this in the future of the program,
“It’s the first time we’ve done it with just NLL teams and it’s something we want to do over the course of the year moving forward where we do it at different sites and I think it will be great for the kids, just because they’re going to play kids they have never really played before from all over North America.”
Another unique aspect to the tournament that Locker touched on is that the kids will be receiving some professional officiating,
“Were going to use actual NLL referees. It should be a world class event that will essentially close out the summer season.”
The teams that will be competing at the end of the month include Buffalo, Rochester Minnesota, Colorado, Toronto and Washington.