This past weekend at LASNAI was one for the books. It was this writer’s first time at the event, and it did not disappoint. Countless hours were put in by many people to help make it the great tournament that it was.
Thompson Brothers Lacrosse won their third LASNAI title, defeating USA Blue by a score of 11-6. Lyle Thompson was transcendent as always, and was selected as the tournament MVP. Having seen Lyle Thompson play throughout his college days and at the 2018 FIL World Championships in Israel, it seems like he just gets better with age. He is just as incredible at box lacrosse as he is on the field, maybe even more so.
Both of the United States squads had incredible athletes as well, as they were using this tournament as a kind of training camp before the U.S. Indoor team is selected before the world box championships. Connor Kelly had an incredible tournament for his first time competing in box lacrosse, in addition to other U.S. standouts.
Jake Handel won our LASNAI Pick ‘Em, who correctly predicted a USA Blue v. Thompson Brothers final, and had the closest guessed score with 12-8 compared to the actual final of 11-6. Congrats to Jake! He has won a custom LAS gear bag from Uncommon Fit. Special thanks to Uncommon Fit for supplying the prize.
All of the teams there were playing a high level of lacrosse, and it was fun to see people from as far as Europe and beyond come to play at LASNAI. It’s always great meeting new friends at these lacrosse tournaments, and LASNAI was no exception.
We at LaxAllStars had an incredibly fun time hosting and bringing you this tournament. We are also pleased to announce that THE GAMES FROM THE FIELDHOUSE HAVE BEEN UPLOADED. We know many of you have been asking about this and we are glad that it finally worked to get them up. Visit our YouTube page to view them.
As was mentioned, countless people put in an absurd amount of hours to bring you this year’s LASNAI, such as tournament co-founders Connor Wilson and Scott Neiss. Mark Donahue, Ryan Conwell, Katie Conwell, Brian Witmer, Justin Meyer and our fabulous broadcasting team including others worked very hard to bring you coverage and put on the tournament. I’d consider it a huge success.
We’d also like to thank our awesome sponsor of the event, Nike Lacrosse, for making this tournament and our livestream broadcasts possible.
Lastly, we would like to thank the Onondaga Nation for once again hosting the tournament. Their hospitality and help were second-to-none, and made it possible to once again put on a great event.
Here is the gold medal game from the tournament for your viewing pleasure:
LASNAI 2018 Gold Medal Game – USA Blue v. Thompson Bros. Lacrosse