By Paul Krome | @paulkrome
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The US Lacrosse Northeast Championships bring youth lacrosse teams from eight states to the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass., Friday through Sunday. The tournament, run by the national governing body of lacrosse, features boys’ and girls’ U15 teams.
Each division gets underway with pool-play games. Based on pool-play results, teams will be seeded and proceed through a bracket until a champion is crowned. Admission to all games is free of charge.
The semifinalists will earn automatic bids with free or discounted registration to the sixth annual US Lacrosse U15 National Championships July 21-23 in Aurora, Colo. Teams from Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island have registered for the Northeast Championships.
“Both the Northeast Championships and the U15 National Championships have been great,” said Steve O’Donnell, head coach of the Next Level (R.I.) boys. His team won the silver medal at the US Lacrosse Northeast Championships last year, then battled teams from Colorado, Long Island, Florida and Philadelphia while advancing to the round of 16 in the national championships. “It’s exciting for the kids to play good programs.”
US Lacrosse will name a “Keeper of Lacrosse” Sportsmanship Award winner for each division, and champions will receive medals.
Gatorade is the official sports drink of the US Lacrosse Northeast Championships. LaxSnax is a supporting sponsor. Follow the Northeast Championships on Twitter @uslaxchamps.
For schedules and scores of the US Lacrosse Northeast Championships, visit the event homepage.