Freedom Lax Classic was held at Maple Zone Sports, located in Garnet Valley on January 18th, 2016. Philly Blast 2018 (high school) and Philly Blast 2020 (middle school) were both undefeated and won their division’s championship!
High School Division
Blast 2018 – UNDEFEATED, HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION CHAMPS!
Philly Blast 2018 went 4-0 over the course of the afternoon, dominating their bracket scoring 44 goals and only allowing 25. During regular bracket play, Blast 2018 faced Nor’easter Lacrosse Club B (CT) and Lady Blue Crabs (MD). After winning both games, they were seeded first and played a crossover bracket game against Philly Blast 2019! The game was extremely competitive; both teams played hard and pushed the tempo. While the 2019s picked up momentum towards the end, the 2018s held the lead to win 13-10. In the finals, they faced Looney’s (MD) – the first place seed from the Pool B high school bracket. The 2018s came out strong and built a solid lead, but Looney’s fought back and scored in the final minutes to put the game into overtime. The overtime was a two-minute period with sudden death/golden goal rules (the first goal to score, wins). Looney’s won the opening draw, pushed down the field, and shot… but missed wide! Blast recovered the ground ball, transitioned quickly and found Ally Marino wide open to score and win the championship!!
Philly Blast 2019 also played in the high school division with Blast 2018, but played in the other bracket (Pool B). In the first game, the 19s tied the high school division runner up, Looney’s (8-8). Next, they played Nor’easter Lacrosse Club A and came away with a big team win! Because Looney’s and Blast 2019 had the same record and tied each other, it came down to goal differential for playoff seedings and Looney’s was seeded first. As the second seeded team, Blast 2019 played Blast 2018 for a spot in the championship. After falling by a few goals, they finished out the tournament playing Nor’easter Lacrosse Club B (CT) and won! Congrats on a GREAT day girls! Special shout out to Jackie Lanzalotto, who was ON FIRE all day in cage!
Middle School Division
Blast 2020 – UNDEFEATED, MIDDLE SCHOOL DIVISION CHAMPS!
Philly Blast 2020 went 3-0-1 over the day at Freedom Lax Classic and brought home the middle school championship title! In their opening game, Blast narrowly defeated American Aim 2020 Red, a very competitive team from New Jersey. In the second game, they tied Lady Blue Crabs (MD) but finished out regular pool play with a decisive win over Ultimate Patriot (PA). As the top seed in Pool A, Blast 2020 went straight to the championship to face ReLAXED (CT), who was the first seed in Pool B. Blast 2020 dominated the championship and took home the title for the second time in club history! Special shout out to 2020 goalie, Helena Morrison, who had a stellar day between the pipes!
The Philly Blast 2021 team was also competing in the middle school bracket (Pool B) and played excellent opponents throughout the day, including multiple 2020 teams. Blast 2021’s first game was against eventual middle school championship finalist, ReLAXED (CT). Blast 2021 narrowly lost by only three goals, which were scored in the final minutes of the match. Despite falling to American Aim 2020 Blue in the second game, Blast 2021 bounced back to defeat Ultimate Freedom 2021 (PA) in a thrilling, face paced match! The 2021s ended the day battling against a 2020 team from Pool A, Lady Blue Crabs (MD). Playing against older and very competitive teams made the tournament a challenging, yet positive experience for the girls!
Philly Blast 2022 competed in the middle school “Patriot” division (6th grade) with four other 6th grade teams. Overall, the girls played extremely well and gelled throughout the day, improving in nearly every area of the field! In their first game against Ultimate Liberty, who ended undefeated in regular pool play, Blast 22 came up short by only a few goals after being tied for a significant amount of the first half of the game. The second game of the day against Chaos (Moorestown, NJ), the division champion, proved to be the most challenging. However, the girls learned a lot from the game and immediately applied it to their next one against Ultimate Justice. Blast 2022 pulled together as a team, played physical defense, transitioned quickly, and shot hard against Ultimate to win 10-4. In their final game, Blast 22 faced Ice Queens, a BBL club team from New Jersey. In the end, the girls were challenged, learned a ton, and grew together as a group throughout the day! Success! 🙂