212 Lacrosse of Park City participated at the LXMATS tournament in Las Vegas Dec. 7 and 8, entering three teams in three divisions High School, under-15 and under-13 boys.
LXMATS gathered over 100 of the best teams in the West for this tournament.
The 212 U15 boys rolled the competition, including wins over the Utah Blackhawks 14-4, LA Mavericks 10-3, Vegas Starz 14-0 and Silver Fins 12-1 in pool play. In the semifinals, 212 routed the Utah Blackhawks 14-1 on their way to an undefeated record and a 3-2 championship game victory over the Mad Dogs.
212 U15 finished with 67 goals for and 11 against with a perfect 6-0 record.
The 212 high school boys' team had another tremendous weekend, finishing with a 5-1 record, including a huge 7-5 win over 3D Colorado in the semifinal playoff round. 3D is the largest and most respected club lacrosse organization in North America, with teams spanning the United States and Canada. The 212 high school boys put up 77 goals and had only 18 goals against during their run to a championship that fell short in a heartbreaking overtime loss to 3D NorCal 6-5. Overall, the team has a 17 win, two loss record over their last three tournaments.
The 212 U13 boys finished in fourth place with two tough losses to 3D Colorado 6-5 and Arizona Burn 2-1. It's the first time this 212 team hasn't finished in one of the top two spots for over two years during tournament play. The highlight of their weekend was a come from behind win over Denver Elite 8-7 when trailing 6-1 after the first half. Denver Elite is another tremendous Colorado program run by Hall of fame coach and player Bill Tierney and Trevor Tierney.
212 Lacrosse founder and director, Mike Acee, after the event: "212 played this weekend for two former teammates of mine at North Carolina, Neill Redfern (battling cancer) and Eric Seremet (recently widowed). It was a message for the kids to play for someone other than themselves and they all played very hard for Eric and Neill. Once again, I'm humbled by the 212 Lacrosse community. The support the parents show myself and our staff is tremendous" he said. "I'd also like to thank all of our coaches; Brian Bilzi (D1- Manhattan College), Court Durling (D1- Virginia), Zach Sadoff (D3 Tufts), Greg Bauer, Jerry French, Michael Burbank and Bryan Davis. They did a wonderful job helping guide our three teams to a cumulative 13 win, 4 loss record. Thanks again to Adrenaline for putting on another great event. I couldn't be more proud of our kids and I'm grateful to be a part of another fun lacrosse weekend."
212 Lacrosse is based in Park City, Utah. 212 is led by Mike Acee, who 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.