Over 70 boys and girls lacrosse teams from as far away as Utah an Nevada embraced Great Sportsmanship at the Great Park in the 2018 Tribz Lacrosse California Showcase this past weekend.
“Great sportsmanship, not just good sportsmanship, great sportsmanship was the theme this year,” said Tournament Director Andreas Gaynor by email. “That was our message from the start and everyone really embraced it. It was a fun weekend of beautiful lacrosse. Many of the typical tournament stresses are addressed much easier when all parties involved have that mindset.
Winning is just one part of the whole weekend, but if a player or team improve, let’s say 10 lacrosse “things” over the weekend. I like those odds 10 to 1, and if you don’t get the 1, it should not devalue the 10.”
Gaynor stressed that he hopes to make great sportsmanship a movement. Gaynor was hard pressed to select just one example of great sportsmanship from the weekend but noted that he was particularly impressed with the sportsmanship of North Pride LC, a first-year program out of Las Vegas.
“They (North Pride LC) showed amazing great sportsmanship,” Gaynor commented. Their great spirit and amazing energy really fueled their teams and the tournament goers who were around them. Win or lose they were awesome. They played, bonded at the beach, enjoyed California and had a wonderful time and we were so glad to have their energy at the event.”
In addition to promoting Great Sportsmanship, the TLCS crowned eight 2018 champions.
Open Champions: NBLC
NBLC earned the Open championship with a 5-0 record.
Boys Varsity Champions: Victory SJC
Victory SJC emerged at the top of a varsity field that was 18 teams deep and featured three undefeated teams at the end of pool play. Victory earned a spot in the championship game after allowing just eight goals in pool play. They defeated the Animals, a team that allowed just six goals in pool play, in the championship game by a surprisingly comfortable margin of 11-2.
Girls High School Champions: Aces
The Aces High School team continued their impressive tour of the summer tournament circuit with a 2019 TLCS championship. Aces finished the weekend with a perfect record and allowed only seven goals in five games.
JV Boys Champions: True Utah 2022 State
It was Trips for True at Tribz with the True Utah club claiming three of the eight division championships this weekend. The 2021 squad dominated the JV field, going 5-0 while outscoring the competition by a combined 55-6.
14U Girls Champions: Victory Select 2022
Victory Select was victorious in the 14U Girls Division. VS ’22 allowed just one goal in their first three games and then defeated Aces 14-7 in the final game on Sunday to finish with a perfect record and the 2019 TLCS championship.
14U Boys Champions: True Utah 2022 State
True Utah showed the locals that they know how to play some defense in the Beehive State. The Utahans recorded two shutouts and held their opponents to just seven goals in five games. True defeated OC Blackhorse 13-3 in Sunday’s championship game.
Boys Champions: True Utah 2024 State
It’s True! The visitors from Utah returned home with a perfect 5-0 record and a TLCS championship. True emerged from pool play as the only undefeated team in the competitive eight-team field. They clinched the crown with a 9-3 win over Mad Dog LA 2024 in Sunday’s championship game.
10U Boys Champions Mad Dog Silver
Mad Dog Silver edged Mad Dog Gold 10-9 on Saturday and that proved to be enough for the 10U championship. Silver finished with a perfect 4-0 record while the Gold team was right behind them at 3-1.