Legacy Invitational Recap
Date Posted: 7/1/2018
90 degree weather, little cloud cover, and no breeze ...sounds about right for the Legacy Invitational!
Each year this event never disappoints as our players battle the elements and compete in 5-6 games in front of hundreds of college coaches. Teams from all across the country make their way out ot Devens, Massachusetts to provide their athletes with a similar opportunity to ours; to be recruited to compete at the next level while showcasing all that they are capable of on the field. This year we saw teams from Washington, Wisconsin, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Utah, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont. In addition, a total of 148 colleges were represented at the event making their way from sideline to sideline to discover their next student-athlete standouts.
Our 2020 Blue and 2021 Blue teams had the opportunity to compete in this event and they truly left it all on the field.
Our 2020 Blue Squad battled, pushed through the heat, and cruised to a 3-0 record on Day 1. Each athlete stood out and the elements were truly not on our side, by the end of the afternoon on Day 1 our players needed to re-hydrate and re-fuel to prepare for the road ahead on Day 2. Scoring 19 goals and relinquishing 9 the 2020 Blue team earned the #2 seed heading into the playoffs on Friday, June 28.
Day 2 brought new challenges, but the same hot weather without the same humidity on Day 1. This group pushed through the first 2 games and earned a spot in the Championship! The team as exhausted, but ready to fight once again for another Championship in just their 2nd tournament of the Summer. Up until this game the team held a 10-1 record through their first 2 events with their lone loss coming in overtime of the Championship Game in the 2020 AA Bracket at the PrimeTime Shootout. We were hungry, ready to raise a banner, and from our perspective each of these players had earned the right to hold the title of Champion at this event. We were matched up against a gritty, athletic Boneyard Lacrosse team that had also battled the elements the past 2 days. The game was back and forth and unfortunately a penalty with less than 1 minute to go in the game allowed our opponents to tie the game sending us into another Overtime. While the overtime period was short lived and once again, we were not victorious, we could not have been prouder of this group. The team truly left it all on the field and proved each and every moment that they are capable of competing against the best in the country. The sheer number of coaches on the sidelines for our team also speaked volumes of the ability levels of our players.
Up next for our 2020 Blue team will be the UMass Mid-Summer Classic on July 13, two Scrimmages in Simsbury on July 14, and then one of the biggest events of the Summer, the National Lacrosse Federation Championships on July 19-21.
In the earlier games each day our 2021 Blue team was also battling. This group, built on speed, athleticism, and true grit fell just short of a playoff bid by 2 goals ending Day 1 with a 2-1 record. Two strong wins and one hiccup against a talented team from the Gold Coast in Connecticut proved to be the difference between advancing towards a championship opportunity or playing 2 consolation games. Finishing in 2nd Place in their group after Day 1 this team moved on to compete in Day 2 vs other programs who similarly finished 2nd in their groups after Day 1.
With their sidelines packed with coaches once again, Day 2 brought new challenges, but another opportunity to continue to get better. A close loss in Game 1 and a dominant victory in Game 2 saw this team end the tournament with a 3-2 record. On the Summer, this group is now 5-4 on the Summer. In their 4 losses, just one game saw the team separated by more than 1 goal.
Up next for the 2021 Blue team are clashes in the 2021 AA Bracket at the Bulldog Bash on July 7 and they will also compete in the 2021 AA Bracket at the Lake George Invitational on July 13 - 14.
The summer has seemed to come and go quickly, but with 2 tournaments remaining the excitment continues!