DENVER ELITE WRAPS UP SUCCESSFUL 2017 SUMMER SEASON

DENVER, CO - The ten Denver Elite field teams wrapped up their 2017 summer with an overall record of 152-56-4 and 15 tournament championships. Throughout this past season, Denver Elite proved itself to be one of the strongest and most consistent club programs in the country, throughout all of its age groups. 

Many of the teams played in some of the top tournaments in the country this summer including the Adrenaline Platinum Cup, Naptown Challenge, and Vail Shootout. Also, the Denver Elite Blue teams (B teams at a number of different ages) competed at a high level throughout the summer and brought home some exciting championship wins.

Denver Elite players stood out at individual showcases including Maverik Showtime, Adrenaline Black Card, and Nike Bluechip. One standout performance at these events included Jake Taylor winning MVP in the Showtime All-Star 2019 game, which he played alongside in with Cole Finley-Ponds and August "Mustang" Sally. Ty Hussey also played in the Showtime All-Star 2020 game.

On top of all these accomplishments, many of the Denver Elite players continue to get recruited by college coaches from NCAA DI, DII, DIII, and MCLA teams. The list of committed Denver Elite players can be viewed at the Denver Elite information page at the LXTC website.

This coming fall, the Denver Elite teams are proud to be joining the NLF along with other premier club teams from around the country.


2018 Denver Elite

Adrenaline Platinum Cup (4-1; Semifinals appearance): 7-6 win over the eventual champs NXT Philly 2018.

Denver Shootout (5-0; Champions): only gave up 12 goals all tourney, 10-4 win over Claremont for the Championship.

Naptown Challenge (3-2)

Adrenaline Western Shootout (5-0; Champions): winning 14-2 in the championship over the Thunderbolts.


2019 Denver Elite

Adrenaline Platinum Cup (5-1; Champions): beat Madlax in semis in double overtime, then beat Mesa Fresh in Championship. 

Denver Shootout (4-1; Championship appearance)

Nap Town Challenge (2-2)

Adrenaline Western Shootout (6-0; Champions): earned the number one seed and won the championship by beating RC Elite. 


2020 Silver Denver Elite

Adrenaline Platinum Cup (3-2): 3-0 first day with a big win over MadLax, lost to champions by 1.

Denver Shootout (4-1; Champions): win over 3d NorCal in the championship.

Nap Town Challenge (4-2; Semifinals appearance): big wins over MadLax and NXT and loss to Team 91 in the semis. 

Adrenaline Western Shootout (6-0; Champions): championship win over the Las Vegas Starz.


2020 Blue Denver Elite

Denver Shootout (4-1): 7-6 OT win over New Wave Volt for 5th place.

Vail Shootout (3-3): beat Team 12 Stripes 6-4 to close out the opening day, finished in 5th with a 6-5 OT win over Colorado Fire Select.

Legends Western Invitational (1-4): 1-4, beat Minnesota Chill 8-4.

Adrenaline Western Shootout (1-1-1): 1-1-1, tied SD United HS, beat Doco 2020 8-3, beat Minnesota Loons in playoff as 4 seed vs. 1 seed 8-3, lost in championship 4-5 against Utah LC.


2021 Silver Denver Elite

Platinum Cup (1-4): competed hard and lost two games by 1 goal.

Vail Shootout (6-1; Champions): lost first game 3-5 to FCA then clicked as a team and went on to win the tournament going through the Denver Rifles in the semi finals winning 6-2 then persevering through a deficit in the second half of the championship game - beating FCA 6-5 in OT.

Naptown Challenge (1-5)

Adrenaline Western Shootout (6-0; Champions)


2022 Silver Denver Elite

Platinum Cup (2-3; Semifinals appearance): 4th place. 

Vail (3-3): 6th place.

Legends West Utah (5-0; Champions)

Adrenaline Western Shootout (5-0; Champions): OT Win over Texas United in championship. 


2022 Blue Denver Elite

Trilogy (5-0; Champions): win over Team 11 in semis and 7-6 win over Laxworld in championship.

Denver Shootout (5-0; Champions): 6-5 win over Boulder in championship.

Western Legends Utah (3-2)

Adrenaline Western Shootout (3-1-1)


2023 Silver Denver Elite

Adrenaline Platinum Cup (2-3; Semifinals appearance): wins over BBL 8-6, 8-5 and finished in 3rd place.

Vail Shootout (5-1; Championship appearance): big wins against Wash Park and Club Blue in Pool Play.

Legends Western Shootout (5-0): due to bumping up a division to play 2022 teams on Sunday, the team was unable to compete for the championship. 

Adrenaline Western Shootout (4-1): big win over RC.


2023 Blue Denver Elite

Trilogy Tournament (4-1; Championship appearance)

Denver Shootout (3-2)

Western Shootout Utah (3-2-1; Champions): OT win over SM Dragons and win over Moving-Up in Championship

Adrenaline Tournament (0-3-2): 7th Place. Tied the top 2023 DOCO team.


2024 Denver Elite

Trilogy Baltimore (4-2; Championship appearance): had 2 losses to the Baltimore Looneys. 

Denver Shootout (4-1; Championship appearance): lost to Next Level in OT of the championship game.

Vail Shootout (7-0; Champions): beat Next Level team in the championship game.

Adrenaline Western Shootout (6-0; Champions): beat Evolve in the championship game 8-5.

LXTC PARTNERS WITH ARIZONA OUTLAWS

DENVER, CO – LXTC Lacrosse Training Center, LLC is proud to announce that the Arizona Outlaws have become the first affiliate club lacrosse team of LXTC. The Arizona Outlaws are a club team system, run by Ben Prepchuk in Phoenix, AZ. Prepchuk is a four-time Canadian National Champion, NLL Champion, and former NCAA DI midfielder. The Arizona Outlaws have both field lacrosse teams that participate in tournaments throughout the country and box lacrosse teams that compete in the USBOXLA.

LXTC is committed to the enhancement of player development in the game of lacrosse. LXTC’s Denver Elite field and box lacrosse club teams have become respected as one of the most well-coached and consistent club programs in the country. Through this experience of building Denver Elite, LXTC’s goal is to support the Arizona Outlaws as they grow and develop their players and the foundation to their program. 

LXTC has committed to supporting the Arizona Outlaws through proving practice plans, drills, skills, strategies, and philosophies that LXTC’s founders used to help lead the University of Denver to their first National Championship in 2015 and turn Denver Elite into one of the top club programs in the country. LXTC hopes to support the Arizona Outlaws in having some of the top club coaches in the game through this “train the trainer” system. Furthermore, LXTC hopes to promote, support, and strengthen the Arizona Outlaws in their ability to compete in the top tournaments around the country in order to provide the best opportunities for their players. 

In the near future, LXTC and the Arizona Outlaws will be offering co-partnered camps, clinics, training days, and scrimmages for all the players in their programs and any players who want to be involved. Announcements of these opportunities will be coming soon, so please add your name to the LXTC Email List if you have yet to do so. 

LXTC is a lacrosse company based in Denver, Colorado run by six-time national champion, and current University of Denver coach Bill Tierney; stand-out NCAA, MLL, and NLL attackman, and current University of Denver associate head coach Matt Brown; and NCAA, MLL, and FIL championship winning goalie Trevor Tierney. LXTC’s “Culture of Excellence” is committed to developing players to perform at the next level, both on and off the lacrosse field.

To learn more about LXTC Lacrosse Training Center, LLC, please go to lxtclacrosse.com. To learn more about the Arizona Outlaws, please go to arizonaoutlawslacrosse.com.

DU PIONEERS HS TEAM CHALLENGE

Sunday Playoff Schedule:
Here is the email with Playoff Schedule and Rankings for Sunday games. Please note the color codes for the bracket is the same as Saturday schedule.

Note on Bracket Color Reference: 
2016-17 Bracket is in red
2018 Bracket is in green
2019 Bracket is in blue

Schedule:
This is the schedule for the DU Pioneers High School Team Challenge, as of November 20th, 2015.  

Note on Bracket Color Reference: 
2016-17 Bracket is in red
2018 Bracket is in green
2019 Bracket is in blue

Tourney Machine: 
Click here to get to the Tourney Machine scheduler for this tournament. At this time, the DU Fall Team Challenge is not yet complete on Tourney Machine, but will be up and running no later than Thursday. For now, you can reference the schedule published above.

Check In & Club Director Binder:

  • Teams are free to arrive at any time prior to their first game. 
  • There is limited field space to warm up prior to games.

Game Rules:

  • 2 minute running halves
  • 2 minute halftime
  • Penalty time is 60 or 90 seconds (time & 1/2 for penalties)
  • 1 timeout per game for each team
  • Sudden Death Overtime with no timeouts
  • Tie breakers for Sunday's Bracket Play is based first on Goals Against, then Point Differential if necessary

Travel & Directions to DU:

  • For those traveling to and from Denver International Airport (DIA).
  • Directions from DIA: Take Pena Blvd until you merge onto I-70 W, almost immediately use exit 282 and merge onto I-225 S.  Take exit 1B for I-25 N, after 4 miles take exit 205 for University Blvd.  Finally turn right at Buchtel Blvd, DU’s Ritchie Center and Barton Stadium will be on your left.  
  • Player pick up and drop off location in front of the DU Ritchie Center located at 2240 Buchtel Blvd, Denver, CO 80210.

University of Denver Map:
A PDF of DU's campus is attached. You will be able to locate both Barton Stadium and Diane Wendt turf fields on the map. The stadium and turf fields are next to one another on campus. Parking in Lot 108 is also highlighted on this overhead map

Parking for the DU Pioneer all Team Challenge:

  • Parking Lot 108 will be accessible and free all weekend. Lot 108 can be found on the DU map attached. 
  • Available hours to park for the weekend:
  • Saturday: 6am - 9:30pm
  • Sunday: 6am - 4pm
  • Should Lot 108 be full, there is all day street parking available in the vicinity of East Jewell Avenue & South Franklin Street, four blocks west of Barton Stadium.
  • Streets closer to Barton Stadium will be available to park for free on Sunday.

Concessions, Restaurants & Saturday's Lunch:

  • Concessions will be available throughout the duration of the tournament. The concession stand is located directly underneath Barton Stadium.
  • Lunch will be provided on Saturday for all coaches. 
  • There are many restaurants within walking distance of Barton Stadium. A list of restaurants will be located at the Information Table.

LXTC Launches Ground Breaking New Event: Division I Committed Games

DENVER, CO: LXTC Lacrosse Training Center is proud to announce the first ever Division One Committed Games. The event is open to all male lacrosse players, high school graduation years 2015-2018. Players who have already committed to a Division One lacrosse program will be grouped together so they can receive instruction from their future coaches and gain experience  training with their future teammates. It will take place at Hofstra University on Long Island from July 10th-12th 2015. 

Created by Division One college coaches, the Committed Games provide a unique opportunity for clarity for players and coaches alike. For players, it represents a chance to establish a baseline for the college game. Whether a freshman or a senior, players will gain an understanding of what to expect from their future coaches. The Committed Games also provide a rare opportunity for players to play alongside future teammates and to establish chemistry on and off the field. This experience with their program of choice will set expectations for the future and serve to ease the transition from high school play to the college level play.

College coaches also stand to benefit from the experience of the Committed Games. Not only do they provide coaches an opportunity to evaluate the talent they have and to evaluate how these players fit into their current rosters, but the event also gives coaches a long-term view. As University of Denver head coach Bill Tierney stated, “it [the Committed Games] allows us as coaches an opportunity to understand where each piece of the puzzle fits as we build the future of our program.”

Because nothing like the Committed Games have been held before, extra care has gone into making sure that the format of the event has been vetted through NCAA compliance and all activities meet their specific requirement standards.

The event will include group training with instruction on Friday, three games on Saturday plus positional clinics and guest speakers, and two final games on Sunday. Players who register for the event will be placed on a team with other players committed to the same school. Coaches from that same institution who participate in the event will provide instruction for their recruits. Games will be played with NCAA rules and top level officials.

For the 2015 Committed Games players from the classes of 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 are eligible to participate. Although this event is targeted toward committed players, per NCAA rules, it is open to uncommitted players too. Uncommitted players will be placed on a wild card team or used to fill roster spots for smaller teams.

The Committed Games will host the best lacrosse of the summer and is not to be missed. For more information, go to LXTC Lacrosse Training Center at this link: http://www.lxtclacrosse.com/division-i-committed-games/

LXTC Lacrosse Training Center, LLC is based upon on a tradition of excellence within the game and is dedicated towards the athletic and personal development of the next generation of players. LXTC, previously known as Tierney Lacrosse LLC, was founded by the University of Denver men's lacrosse coaches Bill Tierney, Trevor Tierney and Matt Brown in 2009. LXTC is the umbrella brand that powers the University of Denver Pioneers lacrosse camps, clinics and tournaments, the Denver Elite club teams, and the USBOXLA Denver box lacrosse programs.

LXTC Teams Up With Cherry Creek Youth Sports

DENVER, CO: LXTC Lacrosse Training Center and Cherry Creek Youth Sports announce an on-going partnership between the two organizations. In its capacity as a partner LXTC will serve to augment and enhance the current offerings of CCYS by providing coaching clinics for CCYS’ lacrosse coaches and weekly skills clinics for all levels of youth lacrosse that are age and skill-level appropriate. LXTC will also offer assistance with organizing the CCYS summer lacrosse programming. 

LXTC’s commitment to growing the game of lacrosse in the state of Colorado is well established. According the Arapahoe Youth League president and Cherry Creek Youth Sports Board president Craig Randall, LXTC has stepped up its dedication to the local lacrosse community with this new partnership. Together LXTC and CCYS will provide an opportunity for community-based youth sports to improve in their quality of instruction and quality of play while maintaining ties to the communities that they serve. Brent Kercher the Cherry Creek Youth Sports Lacrosse Commissioner concurs saying, “as a community we feel very luck to have forged this long term partnership. LXTC’s core values, outstanding instruction and professionalism will positively impact our community kids at every level of play.”

Through this partnership LXTC intends to bring the same elite level of player development it offers through its own programs both on and off the field. LXTC Director of Operations Kenny Crowley agreed saying, “LXTC is excited to partner with the Cherry Creek Youth Sports Lacrosse Program because our values and goals are very much aligned. One of those shared goals is LXTC’s commitment to fostering the development of the CCYS Lacrosse Program by implementing the same standard of excellence reflected at Denver Elite. We also share a commitment to values-based leadership. Values such as integrity, respect, humility, self-reflection and a balanced perspective encourage the evolution of a student-athlete’s potential to excel both as an individual and as a member of a team. It is our goal to help Cherry Creek’s young student-athletes to understand these positive values as we compete as a team and mature on the lacrosse field together.” 

Lacrosse’s status as a fast-growing sport is well documented, and this growth is occurring most rapidly at the youth and high school levels. CCYS stands as an important connector between the youth and high school lacrosse, and aim to prepare participants for the high school game. Adding LXTC to the fold, given its success developing high level athletes and mature young adults, serves to better prepare kids to transition to the high school level both in the classroom and on the field. By introducing the LXTC approach to kids as early as the youth level participants will receive premier guidance, coaching, and leadership throughout their CCYS experience, resulting in a holistic integration of sports, education, and community that is unrivaled in the Denver area.

About Cherry Creek Youth Sports

Cherry Creek Youth Sports is one of eight member clubs of the Arapahoe Youth League. The Arapahoe Youth League is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to maintaining the integrity of youth sports in its constituent communities. Member clubs are community based and draw participants from the local community and club boundaries are typically defined around local high school zoning lines. For more than forty years CCYS has offered multiple youth sports programs, for boys and girls ages K-8. The CCYS boys lacrosse program has over twenty teams spanning the K-8 age range.

About LXTC Lacrosse Training Center

LXTC Lacrosse Training Center, LLC is based upon on a tradition of excellence within the game and is dedicated towards the athletic and personal development of the next generation of players. LXTC, previously known as Tierney Lacrosse LLC, was founded by the University of Denver men's lacrosse coaches Bill Tierney, Trevor Tierney and Matt Brown in 2009. LXTC is the umbrella brand that powers the University of Denver Pioneers lacrosse camps, clinics and tournaments, the Denver Elite club teams, and the USBOXLA Denver box lacrosse programs.

Amazing Summer '14 Season for Denver Elite Box Teams in USBOXLA

In 1993, the NAFTA agreement provided for the easier exchange of goods between North American nations. Of course, if you ask the average American what the USA imports from Canada they may offer a tongue-in-cheek response like “hockey players” or “maple syrup” (in reality the top Canadian export to the States in 2013 was “Vehicles.” Go figure). The point here is that trade does not just go one way. Canada sends good the States and vice versa. So why then has the export of Canadian box lacrosse players to the States been so lopsided? The simple answer is that the number and quality of true box lacrosse programs in the United States has been virtually non-existent in the US, whereas in Canada box lacrosse has a long and rich tradition. For the dedicated lacrosse fan, none of this comes as a major surprise. 

The coaching staff of the Denver Elite box lacrosse teams are not satisfied with the status quo. For years, Denver Elite has been chipping away at the stone and slowly but surely making progress in the box lacrosse world. The summer of 2014 proved to be a banner year for Denver Elite’s box lacrosse teams. The summer box tournament centered around three major tournaments: the Elite Cup, Battle In The Box held in Denver, June 6–8; the Calgary Canada Day Tournament, June 28–30; and the USBOXLA Nationals in Los Angeles, CA, August 1–3. Glancing through the results of these events one thing is clear: Denver Elite teams are on the rise.

In total, Denver Elite fields seven box lacrosse teams, although not every team played in every tournament. The Novice team consisted of players born in 2004/2005, and in addition there are two PeeWee teams (b. 2002/2003), two Bantam teams (b. 2000/2001), a Midget team (b. 1998/1999), and an Intermediate squad (b. 1996/1997).

A core group of coaches led the 2014 Denver Elite box campaign, headed by standout Canadian box players Jamie Shewchuk, John Gallant, and Jamie Lincoln, as well as Denver Pioneers Walter Rooney, Colin Woolford, and Mike Riis. 

So what is the secret to Denver Elite’s success? No one tell Allen Iverson, but it’s practice. Over the course of the summer the Denver Elite squads managed twenty practice sessions, a number almost unheard of for box teams. These extra reps made a considerable difference for the teams, as evidenced by their tournament results.

When asked to explain the success of the 2014 box lacrosse teams, Director Matt Brown chalked it up to the players’ work ethic, competitiveness, and toughness. All of the teams greatly improved their understanding of box lacrosse concepts. On the field this translated into the ability to manage the shot clock, understanding transition offense and defense, and defensive awareness where players are able to support the ball while covering an opponent. 

Kicking off the summer, the Elite Cup: Battle In The Box took place right here in Denver, from June 6-8. This tournament functioned as a primer for the Canada Day tournament at the end of the month and brought teams from California, Washington/BC, and Texas to the Front Range. All of Denver Elite teams competed hard and several earned medals for their efforts. Both the Novice and older Bantam squads claimed gold in their divisions, while the Midget team grabbed silver, and one of the PeeWee teams took home bronze for their efforts. 

Perhaps the best measuring stick for Denver Elite’s progress came in the waning days of June, as the teams made their sojourn to Calgary for the annual Canada Day Tournament. This is the biggest box lacrosse tournament in the world and consisted of ninety-two teams across all divisions, comprising the best youth box lacrosse talent the sport has to offer. This summer marked the fifth appearance by Denver Elite teams in the tournament. Director Matt Brown says that the program has come a long way since showing up in Calgary in 2010 with a mere two teams. When asked what others in Calgary thought of the Denver Elite teams, Brown says the Canadians were “awed with our development” and that their successes were “not as surprising as five years ago.” A festival-like atmosphere surrounds the tournament, featuring fun for the entire family and phenomenal box lacrosse. While the Canadians are very proud and passionate about their national sport, Denver Elite players and families enjoy the welcoming Canadian hospitality. A few trips to Tim Horton’s didn’t hurt matters either! There must have been something in those donuts as the Novice team (which was actually a combination of Denver Elite and Cali*Lax players) won gold in their division. The title was actually the second for the Novice team, who won the gold in 2013 as well. The PeeWee teams played very hard against great competition and gained invaluable box lacrosse experience. The older Bantam squad missed the Division A playoffs by a mere half point in the standings. The younger Bantam team went undefeated, but missed an opportunity to play in the championship game due to tiebreaker rules. The team won the third place game to preserve their unbeaten streak at the tournament and take the bronze. Top performers for Denver Elite were the Midget team, which finished with a silver medal. Undoubtedly the Timmy’s tasted better on the way home with all that hardware.

Back in the States, the final tournament of the summer came with the USBOXLA Nationals in Los Angeles, CA. According to Brown, Denver Elite played the role of bridesmaid in past years at the USBOXLA nationals. However, in 2014, the sands shifted in their favor and Denver Elite emerged from runner-ups to dominant champions. Of the six teams that competed in the tournament, five walked off the field with hardware. In the PeeWee division the two Denver Elite teams faced each other for the bronze, where the Blue team came out with an 11–10 victory. In the Bantam division, the Denver Elite White team won a consolation gold, while the Blue team won outright Gold in the division with a convincing 10–2 victory over the Cali*Lax All-Stars Red team. Both the Midget and Intermediate teams claimed 6–4 victories in their corresponding divisions for Gold medals, over Junior Stealth and Cali*Lax All-Stars respectively.

Finally, several Denver Elite players were selected to play for Team USBOXLA Intermediate A, which conducted a whirlwind tour of British Columbia, playing five games in seven days against BC Junior A teams. While the USBOXLA team finished their tour with a 0-4-1 record, the results were encouraging. Considering the schedule and competition, which is some of the best in Canada, the team fared very well; all of the contests were close and competitive. Denver Elite player Carter Jensen said of the experience: “I was constantly challenged and pushed to my limits. Being able to play against these Canadians at their own game, and being able to compete was a great feeling. I am very grateful that I had this opportunity and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.” The sentiments of Jensen’s comments are not unique, and in fact most youth players hold similar feelings about the box game. Winning is wonderful, but at the end of the day box lacrosse is just a lot of fun. 

Denver Elite Club Teams Have Successful Summer in 2014

The Denver Elite had a unique opportunity in the summer of 2014 to not only face off against regional and national talent, but some teams even got to try their hand against international teams as well. Players and teams alike impressed the Denver Elite coaching staff with their hard work and dedication throughout the hot summer months. A total of seven different Denver Elite teams took the field and every one of them saw marked improvement as the weeks wore on.

The U11, U12, U13, and U15 teams all participated in the same four tournaments this summer. First up was the NSCLA tournament in Richmond, VA, followed by the Vail Shootout, the FIL World Championships, and finally the Adrenaline Middle School and Youth Shootout in Colorado Springs. In addition to these tournaments the U15 team traveled to Baltimore over the Fourth of July weekend to take part in the YounGunz tournament, one of the most competitive events in the nation for that age group. Meanwhile, the high school teams partook of a slightly different schedule. All three teams competed at the NSCLA tournament and the DU Team Camp. The 2015 and 2017 squads played in the Adrenaline Elite and High School Shootout, while the 2016 team traveled to Baltimore for the Under Armour Shootout.

When the dust settled the Denver Elite field teams a whole put together an impressive summer campaign. Both the U11 and U12 teams claimed championships in their age groups at the Adrenaline Shootout. The U13 team earned semi-final berths at Vail, the FIL tournament, and the Adrenaline Shootout, while the U15 team picked up a third place finish in Vail and a semi-final berth at the FIL World Championships. Denver Elite’s high school teams combined for four tournament championships throughout the summer, including two at the DU Team Camp where both 2016 and 2017 squads went undefeated; the 2015 team earned a semi-final berth at this tournament. The Adrenaline Shootout provided two more undefeated records en route to championship titles for the 2015s and 2017s. The 2017 team also earned a place in the semi-finals at the uber-competitive NSCLA tournament. Clearly it was a summer of highlights as every team finished at least one tournament with semi-final berth or better. 

Jamie Shewchuk and Brian Wegner manned the benches for the U11 team. The NSCLA tournament provided a solid jumping off point for the team with game opening wins of 13-0 and 13-7, which went 3-3 over the course of the weekend. The travel allowed the team to cohere and grow closer. Back out West the team finished 4-4 at the Vail Shootout. Coaches and player alike gave it their all to achieve the best results and everyone had a great time at the picturesque mountain venue. A model of consistency back on the Front Range, the team once again finished with a 3-3 mark against some of the best U11 competition in the country at the World Championships. The U11s finally broke through the .500 barrier and put together a solid 7-0 campaign at the Adrenaline Shootout, capturing their first championship of the season. The team’s perseverance and hard work paid off in the championship final. They battled back from a 6-2 deficit to clinch the victory in an overtime thriller.

Denver Elite’s U12 team was guided by Denver Pioneers Mike Riis and Ryan LaPlante. According to the coaches, the summer’s events enabled the U12 team to mature as individual lacrosse players and as teammates. At the NSCLA tournament the U12’s finished with a 2-2 record. Fresh off of their east coast jaunt the team made the trip to Vail where they faced a new brand of competition playing up a division. Coaches Riis and LaPlante felt this was an excellent learning experience for the team because it forced them to play at a higher level. At the FIL World Championships this level of play continued and the coaches noted that the U12s on-field effort continued to display an increasing understanding of the Denver Elite system, demonstrated through solid team play. The team finished 2-2-1 at the tournament and they enjoyed their own overtime thriller coming out on top in their final game. Facing such stiff competition throughout the summer paid dividends for the U12s, too, because they won the championship in their age group at the Adrenaline Shootout, ending the season with a major highlight and reinforcing in each player that hard work and trusting their coaches pays dividends.

The NSCLA tournament provided a wake-up call for the U13 team. Current Denver Pioneers Christian Thomas and Colin Woolford reported that their team came out with a slow start at the tournament, dropping all three games on the first day. Despite these setbacks the team managed to bounce back and salvaged a disappointing start with a few wins by the end of the event. Although NSCLA didn’t go as well as anticipated, it allowed the team to develop some chemistry and to focus on how the Denver Elite offensive and defensive schemes work. In Vail the U13s began to click. Not only did individual players become comfortable in their roles on the team, the offensive and defensive units supported each other very well. A number of close games against stiff competition helped the team develop tenacity. Unfortunately, the team was derailed in the semi-finals by a team that built a lead too steep for the team to overcome and ultimately lost by two goals. Some of the U13’s best lacrosse of the summer was played at the World Championships. The contrast between the NSCLA team and the FIL team was stark as they evolved from a team that struggled to one that was dominant. The U13s won their first round playoff game over the number 1 seed before falling to the eventual champions in overtime in the semi-finals. Chemistry and resolve appeared once again for the U13s at the Adrenaline Shootout. Missing several key players, the team stumbled a bit initially, but managed to click and secured the third seed heading into the knockout round where they faced the number one seed. This semi-final match-up proved to be a competitive affair and ended regulation with the score tied. The U13s fell short in the extra stanza, and ended the tournament at 4th place overall. 

Denver Elite’s U15 team was lead by coaches Kenny Crowley and Denver Pioneer Eric Adamson. The coaches had the fortunate opportunity to coach an extremely talented group of young men that left an impression at every tournament they competed in this summer.  The NSCLA tournament imparted a number of lessons on the team. Looking fresh in the first game of the tourney, the team came alive in the second half, outscoring their opponent, before falling short in the end. Undeterred by the loss, the team refocused and finished the day with a convincing 14-6 victory. Day two at the NSCLA featured a raging contest between the U15s and a team from New Jersey. In a close and physical game, the U15s ultimately dropped the contest, but strong play up and down the roster provided a confidence boost as the team headed to Vail the following day. There was no rest for the weary, and on the opening day of Vail the U15 team struggled, losing the first game, but quickly returned to form, making a run on the remaining teams in the field to earn a spot in the semi-finals. Fatigued by a week of non-stop tournament play, the U15s dropped their semi-final match up. Nevertheless, the team exited Vail on a high note. Spurred by an 8-0 second half run in the consolation game, the U15s scooped up third place and proved to themselves that when firing on all cylinders, they can play with the best in the country. That confidence accompanied the team to Baltimore for the YoungGunz tournament, where the best teams across the country assembled to compete. Although the team went 0-5 at the tournament, their record does not tell the whole story. The team lost three of their games by one goal, and registered the lowest point differential of the tournament against eventual champions, the Baltimore Crabs. Notably in the first half, the U15s kept pace with the Crabs in a dogfight that put the team from Maryland up by a score of 4-3 at the midway point. In the second half, the Crabs managed to pull away to secure the win. Despite what the team’s record said, the effort put forth by the players demonstrated that they were capable of winning every game they played. Proof of this came quickly, and the U15s took the field at the FIL World Championships. When the team committed to their teammates and the Denver Elite system it proved to be a veritable force. As evidence, the team ran the table in pool play, boasting a +10 goal differential heading into the semi-finals. Similar to the U12 team, the U15s drew an opponent older by a year. Despite losing to their high school aged opponent, the coaches observed a U15 team that began to exhibit its true potential by playing as a fearless, focused, resilient, and graceful team up-and-down the roster and throughout the game. A different U15 team took the field at the Adrenaline Shootout, as several players from earlier tournaments were absent, and their spots filled by a new group of young men from California, USBOXLA players, and others. With so many fresh faces the U15s struggled to find synchronicity on the field but remained competitive throughout the tournament. The U15s registered a 5th place finish in the tournament, and coaches once again caught glimpses of graceful play and physical toughness from many players on the team. The team’s maturation over the summer left the coaches excited for the future as the team plans to re-assemble for the fall season. 

Denver Elite’s high school teams engaged in a few different events from their younger counterparts. The 2017 team, coached by Walter Rooney and Mike Babb, opened their summer with a loss to the Baltimore Crabs at the NSCLA. However, the team rebounded to finish the tournament with a 4-2 record. Hampered by the absence of several players in the semifinals the team fell by a single goal. Back on home turf at the DU Team Camp, the 2017s ran the table with a 6-0 record and a championship. According to the coaches the team was clicking on all cylinders at the DU Team Camp. Yet, the tournament that impressed the coaches the most was the Adrenaline Shootout in Colorado Springs. Once again the 2017s went undefeated with another pristine 6-0 record, and even defeated a very solid group of 2015s to take the gold for the tournament. Coach Rooney saw significant improvements up and down the roster throughout the summer not only as individuals, but also as a team and in their ability to make adjustments in-game. Featuring a perfect balance of standout and role players alike, Coach Rooney claimed the sky was the limit for this team.

For the 2016 team, the NSCLA tournament stood as a metaphor for the entire summer. Under the tutelage of Chace Calkin and Bryce Parietti, the team started out a bit slow, and despite having a game or two cut short because of flights, they managed to play right around .500 ball in Richmond. Much like the 2017s, when the 2016 squad got back to the Front Range they dominated at the DU Team Camp in their age bracket, going undefeated and claiming a championship of their own. The final showcase of the summer was the Under Armour Shootout in Baltimore, MD. Facing high school powerhouses like Gonzaga and Loyola-Blakefield, the 2016s played hard but fell short against such stiff competition. Although the team finished the tournament with a 2-4 record, the coaches noted that athletically the 2016s were more than capable of keeping up with other teams. The 2016 team proved to be workman-like in that they scrapped for every win, earning victories the hard way.

High school seniors in the upcoming school year occupied the roster of Denver Elite’s 2015 team, which was mentored by current Denver Pioneers Sean Cannizzaro and Garret Holst.  According to the coaches, one of the team’s most impressive performances came at the beginning of the summer at the NSCLA tournament. Undoubtedly, the best game of the tournament pitted Denver Elite against one of the top club teams in the country: the Baltimore Crabs. An intense contest with several lead changes throughout, the 2015s kept it close until the Crabs pulled ahead in the waning minutes of the game to secure the win. Despite the loss, the 2015s quickly learned that they were on a par with the best teams in the country. At the DU Team Camp the team battled to a 2-3 record, falling to the Seattle Starz in the semi-finals. The 2015s made their final appearance this summer at the Adrenaline Shootout. Here the team swept through the competition en route to an undefeated record and a tournament championship, an impressive feat for any summer tournament! Over the course of the summer the team greatly improved in some of the advanced schematic aspects of the game. On defense, the team developed better off-ball team defense, executing proper slides and recoveries. On the other side of the field, the offense progressed in their ability to anticipate the play and with off-ball positioning. Players and coaches alike recognized how far the team progressed in playing together as a cohesive unit. Many of the 2015s had played together on Denver Elite teams in the past, so their ability to seamlessly work new players into the fold reinforced their commitment to the team. More than anything else, the coaches noted that the team consistently played hard. Capping the summer with a tournament championship demonstrated what a team can do when they have chemistry, execute a game plan, and play as a team.

Denver Elite Box Teams Compete In Mid-West Classic

DENVER, CO – Super Bowl weekend may not have panned out the way many football fans in Denver wanted it to, but for fans of box lacrosse it was a great weekend. Locally, the Colorado Mammoth earned a thrilling victory in NLL action, but the Denver youth aspiring to that level of lacrosse greatness are the real story here.

The Midwest Classic Box Lacrosse Tournament took place February 1-2 in Columbus, Ohio, hosted by fellow USBOXLA program Resolute Lacrosse. Denver Elite was well presented at the event, bringing a team in each age bracket, Pee Wee, Bantam, and Midget. USBOXLA and Denver Elite take a page from the Canadian youth box lacrosse system where teams are broken down by age. Pee Wees include ages 10-11, Bantams ages 12-13, and Midgets ages 14-15, so players generally spend two years playing with the same team. This sense of familiarity was apparent at the Midwest Classic.

Teams played three round-robin games before being seeded for one final game to determine the champion of each age bracket. Denver Elite pushed their way to first place finishes in the Pee Wee and Midget groups, while the Bantams took home the silver. 

A solid showing, to be sure, was months in the making. One of Denver Elite’s strengths is its coaching staff, which consists of Canadian-born players who have ascended to the professional ranks. They teach the game the right way and give Denver Elite players the same edge in playing box lacrosse as kids living north of the border.

Coach Jamie Shewchuk manned the bench for all twelve games over the weekend, and had only good things to say about his teams’ performances in his pleasant, but hoarse (what else would you expect after serving as bench boss for 12 games in one day?) Canadian accent. Shewchuk emphasized the importance of working on fundamentals in practice as a contributor to the success at the tourney. Box lacrosse is different from the field game so getting kids used to the pace and physicality of the box game is important. “Dodging from the top doesn’t work in box,” says Shewchuk, “but the kids are getting really good at getting the ball low and setting picks.” While Denver Elite offers a lot of different box lacrosse opportunities and training sessions, Coach Shewchuk was most impressed with his players’ ability to implement what they learned in practice.

The Bantam team that came home with the silver ended up dropping the championship game to a very good Resolute Lacrosse team that they had defeated earlier in round-robin play. Although the Denver Elite team was smaller in size than Resolute they played hard, and other coaches and administrators picked up on the teams solid skill set, a point a pride evident in Shewchuk’s praise of the team.

The Midget team was a little shaky in their first round-robin game, falling to Cali*Lax. But then Cali*Lax dropped a round-robin game, which set up a championship matchup between Denver Elite and Pro Box Lacrosse, a team out of Long Island, NY. By this time Denver Elite had righted the ship and surged to a 4-2 lead. Pro Box eventually tied the game at five, sending the championship game to a shootout. Coach Shewchuk opted to shoot second. Pro Box scored on their first shot, as did Carter Jensen, a 4 year veteran of the Denver Elite program. Skyler “Moose” Winery stopped the second Pro Box shooter, and Mac Mease buried his attempt for Denver Elite. Moose stopped Pro Box’s third shooter, earning the gold medal for Denver Elite.

Shewchuk stated that the MVP for the midget team was a toss-up between Jensen and Moose. He credits Jensen with being a great leader who stays calm under pressure and doesn’t get too high or too low in the ebb and flow of the game. Moose is an outstanding goalie and a student of the game, “you can tell he really watches the box game,” says Shewchuk.

The Midwest Classic was an opportunity to showcase what Denver Elite has been able to accomplish in just a few short years, and the kids delivered in every way possible. The win over Pro Box was a feather in the cap for Denver Elite.

The Denver Elite box teams will now turn their attention to this summer when the teams will compete in three major tournaments: the Elite Cup – Battle in the Box this June in Denver, the Canada Day youth lacrosse tournament in Calgary in July (think of it like the Rose Bowl tournament of youth box lacrosse), and the USBOXLA Nationals in Los Angeles in August.

Denver Elite’s box program is focused on growing the box game in the States. According to Shewchuk, “Ultimately our goal is to make you better. We don’t cut kids, we don’t turn anybody away.” With coaches like that who wouldn’t want to suit up?

LXTC is a lacrosse company based in Denver, Colorado run by six-time national champion, and current University of Denver coach Bill Tierney; stand-out NCAA, MLL, and NLL attackman, and current University of Denver associate head coach Matt Brown; and NCAA, MLL, and FIL championship winning goalie Trevor Tierney. LXTC is committed to developing players to perform at the next level, both on and off the lacrosse field.

Former Army Captain and MLL Player, Kenny Crowley, Hired by LXTC

DENVER, CO – LXTC is proud to announce that coach Kenny Crowley will keep rolling along, as they say in the Army, coming on board on a full time basis. Crowley played long stick midfield for the University of Denver and was drafted in the inaugural MLL draft in 2001 by the Boston Cannons before joining the United States Army. Crowley began coaching with LXTC in the fall of 2013 when he assumed responsibility for the Denver Elite U15 team.

Crowley is a prime candidate to take on this leadership role with LXTC. On the subject of his hire Crowley stated:

“I couldn’t be more excited, and clear, about teaming up with Coach Tierney and his team in our pursuit of growing student-athletes into strong men through teaching, coaching, and mentoring the lacrosse players committed to Lacrosse Training Center (LXTC).  

As I previously stated, nothing has shaped me more as a coach than my 20 years of lacrosse experience and my 11 years of military service. Through my journey, I’ve learned the effectiveness of values-based leadership. Values such as integrity, respect, humility, self-reflection and a balanced perspective all encourage the evolution of a student-athlete’s potential to excel both as an individual and as a member of a team. It is my goal to help our young student-athletes understand these positive values as we compete as a team and mature on the lacrosse field together.” 

As a full time coach with LXTC, Crowley will be responsible for coaching at camps, clinics, and tournaments with all teams at all levels. He will also take an active role in evolving and enhancing the programs LXTC offers by developing and expanding the current and future models of LXTC operations, leading individual skill programs, business development through marketing and sales, and administrative support.

Crowley joins an already impressive stable of coaching talent at LXTC. His previous lacrosse experience and his leadership cache make him an optimal choice for LXTC as it looks to grow and to continue to offer the best lacrosse experience along the Front Range.

LXTC is lacrosse company based in Denver, Colorado run by six-time national champion, and current University of Denver coach Bill Tierney; stand-out NCAA, MLL, and NLL attackman, and current University of Denver associate head coach Matt Brown; and NCAA, MLL, and FIL championship winning goalie Trevor Tierney. LXTC is committed to developing players to perform at the next level, both on and off the lacrosse field. 

 

LXTC Lacrosse Training Center is Launched

DENVER, CO – Coaches Bill Tierney, Trevor Tierney, and Matt Brown are proud to announce the launch of their new company LXTC Lacrosse Training Center, LLC, located online at lxtclacrosse.com. 

The new LXTC website serves as the information hub for the University of Denver Pioneers lacrosse and the USBOXLA Denver box lacrosse programs, and the Denver Elite club teams. 

The number and breadth of programs offered by Tierney Lacrosse, which was founded in 2009 by the Tierneys and Brown, experienced significant growth since its inception. The LXTC initiative provides an opportunity to bring all of these programs together under a single, clearly focused entity.

The LXTC website acts as a one-stop shop for current LXTC offerings and provides flexibility for future growth as well. The site contains up-to-date information for players and parents alike, and functions as the central space for bringing together of LXTC’s social media outlets.

LXTC plans to roll out new features in the coming months as well, including an online store, instructional videos, and other useful tools to help perpetuate the company’s tradition of excellence.

Visit the new website at lxtclacrosse.com.

LXTC is lacrosse company based in Denver, Colorado run by six-time national champion, and current University of Denver coach Bill Tierney; stand-out NCAA, MLL, and NLL attackman, and current University of Denver associate head coach Matt Brown; and NCAA, MLL, and FIL championship winning goalie Trevor Tierney. LXTC is committed to developing players to perform at the next level, both on and off the lacrosse field.