About Team Washington
The Washington Lacrosse Foundation (WLF) is a 501c3 non-profit organization committed to the growth of high quality lacrosse in the state of Washington and to providing opportunities for further exposure to local area players. The pillars of lacrosse in Washington are built upon community-based programs. All WLF activities are setup in collaboration with and to supplement these local community programs and without conflict.
1) Summer travel teams - Provide a forum for players, nominated by their high school coaches, to travel and play in nationally recognized recruiting tournaments.
a) Team Washington plays in highly competitive recruiting tournaments. Placing Washington's finest players in front of college coaches to represent our talent as a state, opens doors to potential next level playing opportunities.
b) Team Washington's coaching staff consists of the marquee coaches in Washington. ALL of the last 20+ years of high school state championships have been won by these coaches.
2) Tournaments - Providing opportunities to play out of season at a competitive level.
a) Summer Solstice Shootout - This tournament is geared towards high school teams specifically. In conjunction with regional HS programs, we have set up this tournament to allow coaches to work with next year’s potential Varsity players. This Tournament is held in late June.
b) Space Needle Shootout - This tournament caters to teams from the greater Pacific Northwest (Oregon/Washington/Montana/Idaho & British Columbia - Vancouver Island, the mainland and the interior). This is one of the strongest and largest tournaments on the west coast, with over 70 teams in attendance. We use this tournament as a fundraiser for players on Team Washington, as well as to decrease the cost of overall summer travel.
3) Other - WLF offers an infrastructure for other post-season travel teams and activities to operate under our umbrella, as long as they honor our mission. The calendars of those teams and events are structured so kids are not conflicted in choosing one lacrosse program over another.
Team WA 2013 tournament recap:
Team Washington had one major goal for the summer of 2013. To combine some of the state’s best HS and youth lacrosse players with our region’s best HS lacrosse coaches and send them back east to see how they would fair against some of the country’s best players and programs. The expansion of Team Washington from one team to five total teams was a big step with each rising class having their own team including a combined Frosh/Soph group.
The rising freshmen ‘17 (Chums) were the first out of the gate as they traveled to Baltimore for a quick two day tourney right after the fourth of July at the Young Guns Tournament, which is a relatively new tournament as part of the famous Crabfest in Baltimore for kids who have not played a high school game yet. On the campus of Boys’ Latin and the Gilman School, some of the best rising freshmen were represented at this event. The Chums played two teams from Long Island, one from New Jersey, Connecticut and Georgia. The team played hard in all five games but struggled to find consistent play and could not find a win. However, there was improvement in each game and the boys had a blast as we also traveled to Towson University to watch the epic UA HS all-star game.
The rising sophomores ‘16 (Coho’s) were up next as they embarked on the longest trip of the five teams. First stop was to Princeton for the Tri-State Nationals. This is a huge tournament that welcomed 138 high school teams from all over the country. The Coho’s competed in the sophomore ‘A’ bracket and battled two teams from Long Island, New Jersey and Ohio during pool play. In a pivotal game during pool play, the Long Island Outlaws jumped out to a 4-0 lead only to watch the Coho’s battle back to tie the score at 4 with under 30 seconds remaining. Team WA won the opening face-off in overtime and 10 seconds later the won the game. Playoffs started with the games versus Madlax, Jr. Black Rhinos and Team Philadelphia in the semi-finals. All wins. Coho’s versus the Long Island Express Pirhanas in the midday heat as Team WA holds on to win the Championship with a 4-3 win.
After a couple days of college tours and some rest, Team WA Coho’s travel to Baltimore for the first annual Champ Camp Challenge at Johns Hopkins University. They finished pool play 3-1 with the only loss to the Jr. Black Rhinos. Another overtime win in the opening round of the playoffs and then two big wins to finish off the Challenge with another Championship. Overall, Team WA Coho’s finish two tournaments with a 14-1 record.
The rising seniors ’14 (Chinooks) were out for two tournaments in Baltimore. The Under Armour the Shootout at UMBC and Champ Camp at Hopkins. They played eight games at The Shootout and had a couple big wins against some well-established programs, Fighting Clams and Long Island Sting Black. However, they lost in the first round of the playoffs and finished with a 5-3 record at UMBC. Same story at Champ Camp, a big overtime win versus Team Turnpike Elite that had parents from NJ in a rage and a big loss against Dukes 2. The Chinooks finish Champ Camp with a 4-3 record.
The rising juniors ’15 (Sockeyes) came out east with the smallest roster of the group and two big tournaments as they also did Champ Camp and then went to the University of Delaware for the Battle of the Hotbeds. Champ Camp was up and down for this team as they finished with an even 4-4 record. They headed for Hotbeds with some confidence and down two more guys due to injury. They played eight games in total and have five losses by one goal, three in a braveheart overtime. The Sockeyes did secure a win versus an undefeated 5-0 Long Island Sting Black team convincingly with a 10-5 win. Overall, this team played very well and were very competitive in most of the games.
The final group out was the rising frosh/soph ‘16/17 (Steelheads) team that traveled to the Warrior Classic on Long Island which was played at Hofstra University. This team came of the plane ready to play and cruised to two easy wins in the first two games beating an Albany NY team and a Long Island Express team by a combined score of 30-5. The next two games would not be as easy as they end up going to a braveheart after a disallowed goal by the Steelheads late in the game and end up losing there only game of the tournament. They win the next game in braveheart and finish with a big win over a select team from North Carolina.
Congratulations to all of the players and coaches for making the first year of the expanded Team Washington a complete success. All of the teams had a great time and fun was had by all.