Eclipse Lacrosse Club heading to World Series
While Little League baseball teams in Fairfield County play with dreams of going to Williamsport for the World Series, one group of area U13 athletes is already headed to a national championship tournament of their own.
The first round and semifinals will be at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park with the championship game set for Sports Authority Field at Mile High, home of the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos.
The Eclipse U13 team, based out of New Canaan, also qualified for the World Series last year, and U13 is nationally the only age group that plays in a National Lacrosse Federation World Series.
This is just the second year the U13 World Series has been played.
Eclipse Lacrosse U13 National team
Jack Almeida — New Canaan
Charles Borthwick — New Canaan
Blake Burchill — Fairfield
Chris Canet — New Canaan
Henry Cohen — Weston
Sean Fox — Fairfield
Michael Frechette — Greenwich
Christain Gallaher — Wappinger Falls, NY
Keegan Gilsensan — Greenwich
Leo Johnson — Greenwich
Kevin Lynch — Westport
Holt Matheis — Darien
Gavin Molloy — Greenwich
Jack Murphy — New Canaan
Connor O’Malley — Darien
Thomas Ricciardelli — New Canaan
Ben Sisk — Madison
Matthew Stein — Darien
Luke Waters — Greenwich
Andrew Widlar — Middlebury
Callum Wood — New Canaan
The Eclipse U13 team is comprised of players from Darien, New Canaan, Fairfield, Greenwich, Weston and Westport as well as players from Madison, Middlebury and Wappinger Falls, N.Y.
“This is a really good group we have assembled,” Eclipse coach Jamie Hanford said. “We didn’t just want New Canaan and Darien kids on here and I think we found the best players in a 90-mile radius.”
Eclipse Lacrosse Club, which was founded in September of 2013, fields teams from grade three throught high shcool, and in three years has become one of the best club lacrosse programs in the country.
The team began tryouts last August with the final roster being picked in February, giving coaches time to watch and carefully choose the top 21 players.
The team qualified for the World Series in April, going 3-1 in pool play, finishing second overall in the North to move on to Denver.
The World Series is comprised of teams from four regions in the United States as well as select international teams.
They continued playing well after qualifying, winning three straight tournaments this spring, racking up a 15-1-1 record along the way against the best competition in the northeast.
After the World Series the team is scheduled to compete in the NLF Summer Championship Tournament on Long Island July 16-17.
“Qualifying was really competitive. It was the 10 best teams in the northeast which is one of the tougher regions,” Hanford said. “The competition will be even higher in Denver. Our first game is against one of the best teams in the country from Maryland (Kooper’s Lacrosse Club).”
That opening game will be Saturday at 9:15 mountain time.
He is assisted by New Canaan graduate Andrew Towers, who brings over 19 years of Division 1 College coaching experience with him, most recently at Dartmouth College where he served as the Men’s Lacrosse Coach from 2009-2014. Towers was also a three-time college All-American.