Boys Final Games – August 2
Championship: #1 Denver 13, #2 Syracuse 9
Denver came out strong and never let up. Backstrom and Parker kept constant pressure on Syracuse’s rotating goalies. Benson and Kennedy were strong at the X for Syracuse, but the team struggled with making advisable passes once the ball moved to the offensive zone.
Overall, this was a fast-paced and intense game with little ball movement. The ability to connect with open players on the crease led Denver to the title.
Consolation: No Contest
Championship: #3 Outlaws 6, #1 Cannons 4
I only caught glimpses of this game from time to time as I officiated the consolation game. Both teams had pretty decent ball movement and solid goal keeping. Outlaws goalie Andrew Voggesser (younger brother of Valley goalie Ryan Voggesser) was extremely confident at the end of the first quarter. That confidence seemed to boost his teammates through the rest of the game.
Consolation: #2 Lizards 4, #4 Machine 0
This was a back and forth game. Solid goal keeping from the Lizards resulted in the shut out. Overall, the Machine out shot the Lizards and had extremely strong ball movement.
Unfortunately this was the most penalized Junior Division game of the season with one player receiving two calls for slashes to the head and an sportsmanlike call for a diving crosscheck into the back of the ball carrier’s helmet.
Congratulations to Team Denver and the Outlaws for winning the first youth lacrosse championships in Central Iowa! Both teams were coached by John Backstrom, as well as Valley players Sam Arends, Charles Love, and Jake McEntee.
- There will be a pickup game tonight for the boys. Each age group should report at its normal time.
- All equipment needs to be turned in tonight.
- The girls lacrosse program wrapped up on Thursday night.
- Boys entering high school this fall should contact me if they are interested in playing high school lacrosse.
- Girls entering high school this fall should contact Coach Jaacki if they are interested in playing high school lacrosse.