07/20/2017 7:44 AM
The final National Lacrosse Federation summer event took place this past weekend, The NLF Summer Championship. Over 150 teams from across the nation came to Long Island to compete against the best of the best in this AA and A team invitational event. This was the most anticipated event of the summer, and it did not disappoint this year.
Team 91 sent 12 teams, an astonishing FIVE of which were named champions (see below). In addition to the five championships, Team 91 had two teams that were defeated in the finals. The efforts made by all Team 91 teams this weekend is something to be proud of.
Team 91 2019 Orange took home their second NLF Championship of the summer this weekend. The star studded defense held their opponents to no more than six goals each game. The team kicked off the nationally ranked event with a huge win over VLC (DC) (11-5). They continued their winning streak over their next two games on Saturday, Upstate Black (Syracuse) (12-6) and ADVNC National (San Fran) (16-3). Finishing up pool play on day 2 undefeated with a win over Laxachusetts Yellow (Boston) 13-1. 2019 Orange was seeded #1 going into play offs, which resulted in a win against True Lacrosse (Chicago) (14-3). One more game to go, the game they have been working for all event long, playing for the title in the championship game verse Leading Edge (NJ). This was by far the closest game of the weekend for 2019 Orange, winning 8-4. Congrats to an extremely talented group!
This was business as usual for Team 91 2020 Crush. The players and coaches were dialed in and knew exactly what needed to be done to walk away with their 3rd championship of the summer. Crush's offense put up double digits in all games but one this weekend. With only having two games on Saturday the team went 2-0 with quality wins over Next Level Blue (MD) (13-1) and Big 4/HHH (PA) (12-5). Sunday was a big day for Crush with potentially four games on the schedule. To no surprise this group continued to go untouched Texas Cowboys (13-7), Leading Edge (NJ) (7-6), West Coast Starz (CA) (14-7), and Baltimore Crabs (14-4), earning the tile of the 2017 NLF Summer Championship Champs!
This is the championship we all know this group deserves. The countless hours they spend training, and the dedication they have put into this season was very clear this weekend as they fought their way through extremely talented competition. Starting off day one of pool play with a loss to Eclipse (CT) (9-8) motivated Blaze go on a 6 game winning streak. The team finished pool play with wins over Express North (NY) (14-1), ADVNC National (San Fran) (13-3), and Laxachusetts Yellow (Boston) (11-3). Heading into play offs the 2021 Bracket had more teams than any other bracket in the event. They needed to play two rounds of play offs to have a shot at the championship title. Up for the challenge Blaze laced up and earned their spot in the championship game after defeating Laxachusetts Black (Boston) (10-5) and Mad Dog Select (NJ) (8-5). On to their 7th game of the weekend, Blaze's energy was present throughout the player and parent side line. The offense was firing on all cylinders and the defense was an absolute brick wall as they defeated Big 4/HHH (PA) 11-3. Unbelievable efforts by players and coaches! With their results this summer, this is likely the most competitive 2021 team on LI.
What a fun group to watch. This team out scored their opponents 40-2 in pool play. 2023 Bandits went 4-0 with huge wins over Leading Edge (NJ) (15-0), Big 4/HHH (PA) (8-0), Madlax Capitol (DC) (11-0) and Eclipse (CT) (6-2). Those numbers do not lie, this is a talented group. The first round of play offs Bandits vs Laxachusetts (Boston) was the most competitive game of the weekend. It was a nail biter for sure, but the Bandits found a way to win (9-8). Heading in to the championship game, the Bandits were fired up. They were set to play LI Express, a team who ended the Bandits winning streak in the NLF June event. The side lines were packed, the energy was through the roof, and the players knew what had to be done. Both teams exchanged goals, until the Bandits pulled away in the second half. They finished the game with well deserved win over a talented LI Express team (8-3).
This team is electric! The 2024 Wolfpack plays a well rounded and disciplined game, one can hear the coaching staff from the side lines encouraging their team to have fun. This is what lacrosse is truly about. Wolfpack took the NLF Summer Championship by storm out scoring their opponents 52-6 in pool play with notable wins over Express North (NY) (13-2), Laxachusetts Black (Boston) (17-0), Laxachusetts White (Boston) (13-2), and Big 4/HHH (PA) (9-2). The Wolfpack team was seeded #1 going into playoffs, where they faced Legacy Taz (LI). The Legacy Taz put up a fight but lost (6-5) in double OT after Maclin Keyser from Wolfpack put in a BTB for the win! Championship game was set verse Eclipse (CT) in which the Wolfpack team dominated every aspect winning 8-2. This is the 3rd summer championship in 2017 and the 2nd NLF Championship.
Other Teams of Note
Team 91 2020 Orange played lights out this weekend competing in the 2020A bracket going 4-0 in pool play. They locked in the #1 seed for play off before losing a tough semifinal game in OT.
Team 91 2021 Ambush played unbelievable through the course of the weekend, going undefeated in pool play. The team took it to the end losing a heart breaker to Eclipse (CT) 6-5.
Team 91 2022 Campbell coasted through pool play going 4-0 before losing a tough game in the championship 8-3. The boys had an unbelievable year and look to continue the momentum next week.