WSYL Preview: White Division Has Four Teams With Something to Prove

The World Series of Youth Lacrosse is just over a week away.  Today Andrew Onodera has the third of a five part series previewing this years event taking place July 2nd through the 4th at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, northeast of Denver, Colorado.

At first glance, it may seem like the White Division has two clear front-runners that will advance to the knockout round. However, four teams in this bracket are ready to prove that they have what it takes to make it all the way to the championship, and they’re willing to beat whoever is placed in front of them to get there.

Team From Qualifier Inside Lacrosse U13 World Ranking
Team 91 Lacrosse 2022 AA Long Island, New York North Region #4
Team 91 is returning to Denver for the third straight year. After the 2021’s fell just shy of the championship game last year, the 2022’s are ready for repetitions. What sets this Team 91 team apart is their resiliency. In the North Region semifinal matchup, Team 91 showed this fighting spirit. “We were down 6-1 against a very good LI Express team at halftime. The boys made a few minor adjustments and with the help of our superstar goalie, Kevin Barrett, shut them out the whole second half and came back to win the game in OT 7-6,” Team 91 administrator Sara Davis explained.

Team From Qualifier Inside Lacrosse U13 World Ranking
Team Colorado Outlaws Denver, Colorado West Region #6
Team Colorado Outlaws will be the only team representing the host city in this year’s tournament. Last year, the Denver Outlaws decided to create a team filled with the best U13 players in Colorado and enter them in the World Series. Team Colorado is the only team officially sponsored and associated with a professional lacrosse team. Coached by Matt Bocklet, Trevor Tierney, and Kevin O’Brien, Team Colorado has the potential to take the World Series circuit by storm.

Team From Qualifier Inside Lacrosse U13 World Ranking
BBL Elite 2022 New Jersey East Region #12
BBL Elite finished fourth in the east qualifier with a record of 4-2. While we haven’t seen much of this WSYL newcomer yet, expect them to make a name for themselves by the end of the tournament. The thing that will separate this team from the rest of the field is their chemistry. “Some of these guys have been playing together for three years now, and it shows. It’s a group that is very tight off the field, and they bring that same camaraderie on to the field with them,” said Coach Tyler Russell.

Team From Qualifier Inside Lacrosse U13 World Ranking
Edge Lacrosse Ontario, Canada International Named to Watch List
Edge Lacrosse is one of two Canadian teams competing in this year’s World Series. The team is filled with some of the best U13 players from Ontario and will be very competitive at this year’s tournament. The club itself is an interesting one. Edge Lacrosse is a club geared to kids in Canada that want to play college lacrosse in the United States. Since 2006, 240 men and women have earned NCAA scholarships by going through the Edge program.

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Owasso Rams Owasso, Oklahoma Central Region Not Ranked
For the first time in World Series history, a team from Oklahoma will be competing in Denver. The team is from Owasso, Oklahoma, a suburb just north of Tulsa. After qualifying out of the Central Region, Owasso is ready to prove that they belong at tournaments on the biggest scale. The U13 Owasso team has been competing in tournaments across the US this summer. Most recently, they won the 2017 Southern Open.

  Team From Qualifier Inside Lacrosse U13 World Ranking
2022 Cowboys Dallas, Texas Central Region Not Ranked
2022 Cowboys is one of two teams from the Dallas/Fort Worth Area competing in this year’s WSYL. Unlike many club teams, 2022 Cowboys is age based, which works much better with the new age-based classification format. However, chemistry may become an issue for this team as Coach Lee Martin said that for most players, “the Cowboys is a second and sometimes third team in addition to their usual club team and local team.  Given player commitments to school and other sports, we have only been able to practice at most once a week.”

 

 

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