Eight local players joined Brady’s Bunch Elite for a trip to Baltimore to play in the 25th Anniversary Champ Camp Tournament.
Champ Camp is owned and operated by Corona del Mar High School head coach G.W. Mix and Washington College Athletic Director Bryan Matthews. Games are played at John Hopkins University, Towson University, and St. Paul’s School, and Garrison Forest School. The weather turned out to be beautiful with 80 degree days, sun and very little humidity
The Brady’s Bunch squad, which was made up of mostly rising juniors from Southern California and other parts of the west, included eight players from Orange County. Representing Orange County were Jack Southron and Bennett Brewer from Mater Dei, Erik Suh and Payton Fales from St. Margaret’s, Cole Spooner from Tesoro, Harrison Evans from Trabuco Hills, Austin Shackleford from JSerra and Jacob Yordy from Great Oak.
After the Bunch checked in to the dorms on campus at Hopkins, they gathered their gear and played their fist game of the four day event at 8:45 pm on the practice field for the Blue Jay Lacrosse team. They came out strong and beat a very good team from Washington 13-4. The next morning they faced two of the top teams in the nation in SweetLax and TriState, and played very competitively, although losing both of them by narrow margins. They went on to win their final four games, ending the tournament with a 6-2 record and outscoring opponents by a score of 86-50.Champ Camp is one of the more prestigious recruiting events in country, and because of that they draw teams loaded with Division 1 talent. SweetLax for example carried 17 D1 commits on their squad. The Champ Camp experience provided the Bunch with a unique insight into a level of lacrosse not often seen on the West Coast. Their impressive won-lost record was another demonstration that California and Orange County lacrosse players can compete with the best in the nation.