Team 12 rebounded from a pool play loss to the LA Mavs to win the Tribz Lacrosse California Showcase U15 championship. Things were looking bleak for Team 12 after they lost their tournament opener to the Mavs by an 11-3 score. However, the defense clamped down after the loss and let up only seven goals for the remainder of the tournament. Team 12 got a measure of revenge by edging the Mavs 4-3 in the division championship game.
About Team 12
The first TEAM12 was formed in Orange County in the spring of 2012. The purpose was to teach the game and develop lacrosse IQ for the twenty two middle school players who were willing to learn and improve. The final goal of this team was to start the process of making Orange County Lacrosse more in line with other parts of California and the country and prepare them to be good Varsity players. There were no games, innovative practices sessions, cool uniforms, and a few scrimmages at the end of the season. It was huge success and many of the players on this team went on to start and excel as Varsity players in high school with some already committed to Division 1 Universities to play lacrosse. On this team everyone wore the same number 12 to symbolize selfless play.
The number 12 is a correlation with the Coach DeMaio’s teachings with Bunch Nation as many of the best and most selfless players have worn the number 12 on Coach’s teams. The philosophy with TEAM12 is simple: TEAM first… being aligned as a team and not individual players, playing for reasons beyond ourselves. Off the field, FAMILY and do for others.
The “12” award: The 12 award is given to individuals who give back and fundraise in their communities for great causes. To date 4 awards have been given in the past two years to individuals who have raised over $15,000 for charitable causes in this time span.
Learn more about Team 12 at http://bunchnation.com/.
About the Tribz Lacrosse California Showcase
The seventh annual Tribz Lacrosse California Showcase featured approximately 50 boys youth lacrosse teams playing in six divisions: U11, U13, U15, JV, Varsity and open (19-36). All games were played at the Great Park in Irvine, California. Each team is guaranteed a minimum of four games with the possibility of a fifth championship game. Games consist of 20 minute halves with a five minute halftime.