North Tahoe lacrosse | Boys team dominates Oregon tournament
The North Tahoe boys lacrosse team made a name for itself this spring.
After a successful regular season competing in the High Sierra Lacrosse League, the Lakers swept through the Sisters Annual Lacrosse Invitational (SALI) in Sisters Ore, on May 9-10.
The North Tahoe club squad dominated its competition en route to the tournament title, outscoring its four opponents 43-7. The Lakers defeated Hermiston (Ore.) 9-1, Ridgeview (Ore.) 16-2, Sisters (Ore.) 8-3 and Mountain View (Wash.) 10-1.
“It was an impressive performance,” said North Tahoe coach Brett McCann, whose team consists of varsity-age players. “The team continually improved all season and peaked at just the right time against quality competition.
“Coaches Jonathan Poe and Justin Cooper did a tremendous job with our team. Players bought into our ‘blue collar’ work ethic and the team responded.”
North Tahoe posted a final record of 15-2 and finished with a No. 4 ranking in the state of Nevada, according to LaxPower.com.
While the Lakers earned a No. 1 playoff seed in their High Sierra Lacrosse League, they chose to forgo the playoff tournament and honor their commitment to the SALI tournament — which included 70 teams from four different states. It’s touted on its website as the “Pacific Northwest’s premier LAX tournament.”
“We committed to SALI long before our league schedule was announced,” McCann said. “It was a painful decision to bow out of league playoffs and likely a state berth. However, it was a great year all around. We are a young team. Excitement is high for next season.”
In addition to their team performance, six North Tahoe players were honored individually with selections to the High Sierra Lacrosse All-League teams.
Chase Whitney (midfield), Justin Wadsworth (midfield), Tanner Quenneville (attack), Jackson Schmidt (long stick midfield) and Chad Blakeman (defense) made the All-League first team, while Edgar Negrette (defense) made the second team.