After cruising through its first five games scoring 59 goals and allowing only 4, the 212 team entered the playoffs as the No. 2 seed. The boys in black and Carolina blue easily reached the semifinal round of the playoffs, outscoring their opponents 60 to 5.
Meanwhile, in the bottom of the bracket, Utah Elite fell in its second playoff game to the No. 19 seed, ADVNC, out of Northern California. Madlax Nationals beat a tough 3D Select 2018 team and then routed ADVNC, setting up a showdown between Madlax Nationals and 212 in the semifinals.
The Madlax National Team is comprised of the best 25 players from all the regional Madlax programs, hailing from Maryland, Virginia, California, Florida, Texas and Canada. But 212 was too tough for the Madlax National Team, winning 8-7 and advancing to the World Championship finals.
The opponent in the July 15 finals, 3D Select 2017, had already crushed the tournament's #1 seed 18-1. Spanning the United States and Canada, 3D is North America's largest, most successful club lacrosse program. The loaded 3D Select team, featuring two of the tournament's best players (headed to the University of Virginia and Notre Dame), was too much for 212 to handle and won by a score of 13-7.
Overall, 212 finished with 7 wins and 1 loss, scoring 134 goals while allowing 29 at this year's largest club lacrosse tournament.
Mike Acee, 212's founder, reiterated a theme of the program over the last 15 months. "212 continues to play for two former teammates of mine at North Carolina, Neill Redfern (battling cancer) and Eric Seremet (recently widowed). The message for the kids to play for someone other than themselves is unifying and they all continue to play very hard for Eric and Neill. I'm extremely proud of all the 212 kids," he said.
"As always, a big thank you to the entire 212 Lacrosse community. The support the parents show myself and our staff continues to be tremendous. I'd also like to thank all of our coaches: Fred Acee (Team USA), Court Durling (D1- Virginia), Brian Bilzi (D1- Manhattan College), and Ben Andrew (D1- Johns Hopkins). Thank you to US Lacrosse for organizing the largest club tournament of the year."
Led by Mike Acee, 212 Lacrosse is based in Park City. Acee has more than 30 years of experience playing and coaching lacrosse. He was raised in Deer Park, N.Y., where he was an All-American and went on to become a four-time ACC champion and an NCAA national champion, starting on attack for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels. Mike was also a gold medalist and the top scorer in the Empire State Games for Team Long Island of New York.
At 212 Lacrosse, Acee has assembled a roster of high-caliber coaches and players. The program emphasizes commitment and success for all its players, and provides one-on-one mentoring for team members.