Bunch Nation 12 invaded Santa Barbara this weekend with eight teams and players from eight states including Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Nevada, Tennessee, Oregon and Washington. In addition to bolstering the local economy, the Bunch returned home with with two division titles. The Bunch fielded six boys’ teams from grades 6 through 12 and two girls’ teams in the high school and middle school divisions.
Bunch Nation Elite (pictured above), on a roll after winning the Legacy Classic in Boston and the 3d Riptide in Oceanside this summer, kept up their winning ways by successfully defending their 2014 championship. The Bunch rolled through Elite Division pool play with an undefeated 5-0 record, and then defeated a gritty Triton Lacrosse in the finals. Johnny Cary (Temecula Valley), Kendall Dizon (Great Oak), Sean D’Zmura (Huntington Beach), and Cole Spooner (Tesoro) all played key roles for the Elite squad.
Bunch Nation Believe 2019 (below) also went 5-0 in pool play before defeating Team NorCal 2019 in the final to claim the championship. The ’19ers were sparked by Diego Balderas (Huntington Beach), Carson Spooner (Tesoro), Nico Vorzimer (St. Margaret’s), and Nick Whitall (Linfield Christian).
Former JSerra assistant and Bunch Nation Elite Coach Tom DeMaio said “Both Spooner brothers were dominant for their respective teams, Cole was unstoppable on face offs and Carson delivered a scoring punch that separated the 2019 team from the pack. I was also impressed with the players from Riverside County; Mundo Dizon was hands down the best goalie there and Johnny Cary was dominant at midfield. For the 2019 team ,Nick Whitall showed great lacrosse IQ and composure as one of our best offensive players.”
DeMaio says next stop for the Bunch is the East Coast, with Teams attending two premier recruiting events, MVP Rider, Princeton, NJ November 7-8 and the Adrenaline invitational, Leesburg, VA November 14-15. For more information on Bunch Nation12 and to submit an interest form, visit www.bunchnation.com