The Mad Dog West U13 squad was ranked No. 4 in the nation, and the SoCal Express U13 team was ranked No. 13, in the Nissan World Series of Youth Lacrosse/Inside Lacrosse 13U World Rankings released Friday.
The Trident Select U13 squad was listed among 13 additional clubs on a “watch list.”
The rankings “were assembled based on input from a broad selection of regional youth lacrosse experts throughout the United States. All teams included in this ranking meet the WSYL’s age [players born after Aug. 31, 2004] and roster requirements and will be participating in the U.S. Regional Qualifiers in the spring of 2018.”
All three Southern California clubs will compete in the West Regional Qualifier at Irvine Great Park on Feb. 17-18. The West Region comprises teams from 13 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
Qualifiers from the regional events will compete in the national tournament July 2-4, 2018, in Denver, Colo.
Last year, SoCal Express beat Team Colorado-Outlaws 4-3 in overtime to win the West Regional and advance to the national tournament, where they went 3-3. Mad Dog West lost 6-5 to SoCal Express in the semifinals, then beat ADVNC 5-1 to claim third place and advance to the nationals.