Three players from the U15A El Dorado Hills Youth Lacrosse team — Reed Fine (middle), Tyler Hersh (attack) and Gage Webb (middle) — were handpicked by Ben Allen (defense), a U15A player for the Diablo Scorpions, to compete in the Bay Area Super Series Tournament as the team named “Bay Area’s Finest.”
The Bay Area Super Series is an officially recognized qualifier for the Dick’s Sporting Goods tournament of Champions, the national championship for high school and youth club teams. Top finishers receive bids to compete against other tournament winners from around the nation.
Hersh (attack) stepped in to play as goalie, after the team was unable to secure a player for this position. He assisted in keeping opponents from scoring in the field games and won the Most Valuable Player award in the final championship game. Webb assisted and scored throughout the tournament helping to advance the team all the way through the weekend to compete for the Gold. Fine also assisted throughout the tournament and scored one of the four goals in the championship game.
The tournament was held in Morgan Hill and Alameda over the Memorial Day weekend. Bay Area’s Finest participated in two full-length field lacrosse games in Morgan Hill on Saturday, May 26, taking first place for this event and two full-length box lacrosse games on Sunday, May 27, holding onto their top seed position. On Monday, May 28, Bay Area’s Finest competed for the Gold playing one full-length box lacrosse game against the defending champion Sonomarin Northmen, a competitive box lacrosse team, coming up short 4-7 in the hard-fought game.
Although Bay Area’s Finest did not take the gold in this tournament, they made it all the way to the championship with only one team practice and little to no box lacrosse experience. The team owes a special thanks for the support of coaches Kyle Donovan and Ryan Westfall, who volunteered their time and coaching expertise to the Bay Area’s Finest LAX team.