Igloo Lacrosse

Igloo Runner Up in World Series of Youth Lacrosse

July 4th, 2016

Igloo Black Ice 2021 nine months ago set out to qualify and participate in the biggest stage possible, the World Series of Youth Lacrosse.  Arriving in Denver for the WSYL as under dogs, Igloo began pool play by playing Leading Edge Elite to a 13-5 victory, then playing 3D Mid Atlantic to a 16-0 victory.  The third game of the day proved to be the biggest challenge as Igloo took on Mad Dog West a very talented and well coached team from California.   Igloo after falling down 6 to 1, came back to tie the game early in the 4th quarter only to have the game halted due to thunder and lighting.  After the weather break Mad Dog West pulled out a victory over Igloo in the pool play by a score of 10-8.  Mad Dog had some extremely big and talented Mid fielders able to shoot the ball in the 100’s.

In the second day of pool play Igloo started off with Lax Factory a Maryland based team in which Igloo won 15 – 1.  Then Igloo moved onto a international team that was invited specifically for the event Team Israel.  Although not much of a competitive game, the game took on a bigger meaning purpose as Igloo players and Israel players seemed to become great friends and supporters during and after the game.  Taking a team photo of both teams and Team Israel leading Igloo in an amazing chant that immediately bonded the group.

Later that day the playoffs would start, and it would not be easy as Igloo played Eclipse a Connecticut based team another well coached and talented team.  After a very competitive first quarter Igloo went onto beat Eclipse 12 -5; although the score didn’t really capture the competitiveness of the game.  After winning the the quarter finals over Eclipse, Igloo would now go on to play the only team to beat Igloo in the last 3 years on grade, Team Mad Dog West.  After losing to them in Pool Play the Igloo boys seemed to get a understanding of what they like to do, as Igloo beat Mad Dog West with a score of 7-5 in a close and extremely competitive game.  This victory in the semi-finals allowed Igloo to move onto the Finals of the World Series Of Youth Lacrosse staged at Sports Authority Fields (Mile High) to be broadcast on ESPN 2 against local rival Legacy Lacrosse.

On national Television Igloo Black Ice played extremely well on defense holding Legacy to their lowest point margin of the entire tournament.  However, Legacy proved to be bigger by beating Igloo in the finals 8 – 3.

“What an amazing experience and tournament for the players.  Its a final four experience, but for U13 kids.” said Coach Alexander the head coach for Black Ice.