Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/11/13
The U15 (2017) Duke’s Triple H Lacrosse Club opened its summer season by winning the prestigious 2017 Young Guns tournament held at the Boys’ Latin School in Baltimore last weekend.
The Duke’s Triple H team, comprised of middle school players from the Philadelphia area, emerged victorious over the top club teams in the nation. The teams that competed in Young Guns are: Building Blocks (NJ), Top Gun LittleNecks (MA), Crabs (MD), CT Chargers (CT), Dukes Triple H (PA), LI Express Terps (NY), LI Express Tenacious Turtles (NY), West Coast Starz (CA), Thunder (GA), VLC (VA), West Coast Wild (CA), Breakers (MD), Madlax (DC), Sweet Lax (NY), Team Washington (WA), True Blue (NY), Denver Elite (CO).
“At a tournament, we believe it is the duty of the players to have fun and compete to the best of their capabilities, and it is the duty of the coaches to put the players in the best position to win and help them improve ,” said HHH coach Billy McKinney. “Thankfully, the Triple H players and coaches were able to fulfill our duties at this great event.”
The two-day Young Guns tournament featured a pool play round and a championship tournament. Triple H won the title game, 6-5, over the Baltimore Crabs on game-tying and game-winning goals by Michael Drake.
Duke’s Triple H Squared up against defending Young Guns champion West Coast Starz in the final pool play game to determine the top seed for the championship tournament. Players on the Starz roster are selected from the 22 Regional Starz teams that represent eight states and Canada.
Triple H was able to build a 4-1 halftime lead and held on for 6-3 victory to secure the 1 seed in the championship tournament.
In the first round of the championship tournament, Triple H beat Top Gun Little Necks, 7-4, to advance the semifinals vs. the LI Express Tenacious Turtles, which downed the West Coast Starz, 6-4.
The Tenacious Turtles, who won back-to-back titles at Dick’s Sporting Goods National Tournament of Champions, stormed out to a 2-0 halftime advantage over Triple H. Triple H responded by scoring six unanswered goals in the second half and defeated the Turtles, 6-3. This was the first time the 2017 Tenacious Turtles have been beaten.
Triple H faced the Crabs, who breezed past Building Blocks in the semi-finals by a score of 11-1, in the championship game. The Crabs were able to build a 4-0 halftime lead, but after trading goals in the third quarter, Triple H was able to cut the deficit to three.
The score after three quarters was 5-2. Triple H stormed into the fourth quarter and scored two unanswered goals. With 56 seconds on the clock and the score 5-4 in favor of the Crabs, Triple H called a time out with possession of the ball.
Drake scored with 32 seconds left on the clock to tie the game at 5-5. The game went into overtime, and after trading possessions, Drake netted the game winner.
Anthony Giuliani was rewarded with the tournament MVP for his dominant play at the face-off x throughout the tournament.
“The boys showed up to the tournament with something to prove,” McKinney said. “Triple H practices on a weekly basis throughout the year and our players are extremely dedicated. They practice with the intention of becoming the best team in the nation and I think their performance at this tournament validates the effort they put forth.”
Triple H will be holding a series of mini-camps in the month of August to start their selection process for the 2013-14 club season. They will have three teams (6th, 7th, and 8th grade). The mini-camps will take place on 8/6, 8/8, 8/13, and 8/15 from 9am-3pm at Penn Charter. Details will be posted at- www.triplehlacrosse.com