Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/16/14
Strath Haven’s Providence Road Lacrosse Club traveled to Denver and the World Lacrosse Championship and Youth Festival, with the U-17 squad participating from July 10-12 and the U-15 team playing from July 13-15.
The U-17 team went 2-2 in pool play, besting teams from North Texas and Colorado and falling to tournament finalist Utah Elite and to the Six Nations (Iroquois) U-17 squad in a close 9-6 game. The team earned the 16th seed and advanced to play tournament champion Colorado 3D Select in the round of 16. After a rough start (and a day-long delay due to torrential rain and hail), Providence Road played a spirited second half, but lost and moved into consolation play, where it ran out of gas and dropped the last game to a tough Colorado Thunder team.
The U-15 squad drew excellent pool play competition in Colorado 3D Select 2017, Vail Valley, and TNT (North Texas) and finished its firstt day of competition at 1-2. Despite drawing the #20 seed in the 31-team championship tourney, the “Roadies” took care of #13 seed Powerplay Titans (MI) and advanced to play #4 seed NJ South in a round of16 match.
A back-and-forth battle attracted a sideline of fans from the adjacent fields, but after giving up a late lead, PRL was unable to get the equalizer and fell 10-9 in a great game. The squad rebounded on Day 3 to take care of #12 seed OC Crush (CA) 6-5 in OT, finishing off a great week of lacrosse for the PRL and Strath Haven lacrosse programs.
The teams spent quality time taking in the international lacrosse scene (38 countries were represented at the World Championship Tournament), with no highlight more enlightening than when U17 player Rob “fogo” Magee was seen on ESPN running the Iroquois Nationals flag along the sideline after each Iroquois score vs. Canada.
Said Coach Jef Hewlings as the teams boarded their flight home to Philadelphia: “The trip exceeded our wildest expectations; both teams played together and with heart, and they represented their school, their lacrosse club, and the state of PA, with distinction, both on and off the fields.
“We could not have pulled this off without the tremendous support of our parent groups and for that we (the coaches and players) are sincerely appreciative. We can’t wait for our next chance to travel together!”