COAST CITIES — RC San Diego, an under-12 lacrosse team made up of 22 select players from Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar and Carmel Valley, compiled a 4-2-1 record during the ninth annual Tri-State National Summer Lacrosse Festival. The three-day tournament that kicked off July 10 drew 250 of the nation’s top teams to Princeton, N.J.
RC San Diego, one of only two California teams invited to the tournament, competed against 25 teams in its division. The boys opened play with a 3-3 tie against T2 Storm Lacrosse, a team from Maryland and the eventual tournament winner.
On day two, RC San Diego logged wins against Bucks Select of Pennsylvania, South Jersey Shamrocks, Long Island Express and Black Bear Montco, an under-13 team from Pennsylvania. The Long Island South Shore Seals handed the local boys their first loss, an intense game that ended 4-3. The second loss came on the final day of play to the Maryland Crease Monkeys.
Coach JD Moyer said the team viewed the tournament as a chance to match up against the top talent in youth lacrosse.
“This is a special group of players, and I was confident that we would hold our own with the top teams back East,” Moyer said. “In the end the trip was a success. The competitive games provided an opportunity for growth beyond what is normally available on the West Coast.”
“It was very competitive back East, but lots of fun,” team member Christian Ford said. “The team was really close and played that way.”
RC San Diego is a select team from RC Starz Lacrosse, a premiere competitive youth lacrosse organization in San Diego County with teams from ranging from third grade through high school.
To provide national competition, Tri-State seeks out the newest and most competitive teams throughout the country and invites those that provide the highest level of play, ensuring the most challenging games.
While attending the tournament, the boys from RC San Diego received a private tour of the Princeton University athletic facilities, including the Ivy League school’s lacrosse locker room and training facilities.