The Fivestar Championship Challenge in Columbia, Maryland, last weekend showcased tons of the top talent from the Class of 2023 together in one place with some of the top coaches the game has ever seen helping the high schoolers hone their lacrosse skills further.
Following a Friday night evaluation practice, coaches representing the six teams in the Fivestar Championship Challenge drafted their rosters, then went head-to-head on Saturday and Sunday to determine the event’s champion. Each team, all named after SEC schools for no reason other than novelty, played at least five games – four in the round robin on Saturday, and either a semifinal or consolation on Sunday morning – with those who advanced to Sunday’s final earning themselves a sixth contest.
LSU ultimately came out on top at the Fivestar Championship Challenge, winning most of its games in convincing fashion, including its matchup in the final against Alabama. The Crimson Tide outlasted Tennessee in the semifinals to earn their spot in the final contest, while LSU handled Florida on its way to the title game. Georgia and Auburn didn’t qualify for the semifinals, having to settle for a consolation contest against one another Sunday instead.
Coaches at the event included John Desko, Don Zimmerman, Matt Hogan, Mark Millon, Spencer Ford, and Paul Cantabene, among others, as well as the winning coaches of LSU, Dave Slafkosky and Will Dalton.
The Fivestar Championship Challenge’s action was intense and exciting with a healthy mix of laughter and comradery. The coaches pushed their players to give them everything they could, and the players responded in kind. Education, competition, and a celebration of the present and future of lacrosse was abound.
Check out our photo gallery from all the weekend’s action, highlighting the tremendous experience players, coaches, and parents had at the event.
Fivestar Championship Challenge Photo Gallery
This post was sponsored by the Fivestar Championship Challenge.