The 16th Under Armour All America Lacrosse Tournament was a HUGE success!! The excitement was palpable, and the competition was fierce.
The preparation started months in advance as planning began for regional tryouts, the marquee event, the Under Armour All American Senior Games, and the Under Amour Underclass Tournament! The Delta Hotel Baltimore Hunt Valley once again played host to the underclass teams and was the headquarters for the much-anticipated uniform pickup. Athletes began arriving on Wednesday, July 28 as competition for the Command Division got underway on Thursday, July 29. Philadelphia faced West and New England squared off with Southwest to kick things off for the girls. Over at Troy Park, the Command competition was intense as all, but one game was decided by three goals or less during the first day of action.
Off the field that night, back at the Delta, the Command Division banquet was held to recognize the athletes representing each region. In 2021, there were more banquet tickets sold than ever before in event history!
While the underclassmen showcased their skills on the fields, the senior UA All Americans began arriving at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Baltimore where they met their teammates and got geared up with custom All America gear from Under Armour, Maverik, and East Coast Dyes!
Command Division competition continued Friday with Baltimore girls and Long Island girls remaining undefeated through day two. On the boys’ side, Philadelphia and Washington DC were the only remaining unbeaten as day two ended. The Highlight Division joined in on the fun on Friday as well with each region battling hard through pool play. In the boys’ bracket, Baltimore, DC, and Upstate NY finished 2-0 while Long Island, Baltimore, and New England girls were undefeated through day one. The female athletes invited to compete in the Spotlight Games also got a chance to showcase their skills on Friday as the tournament was in full swing! Charge, Pursuit and Surge won their first game for the boy spotlight Teams on Friday and Ascend and Torch both had 3 goals wins in their first matchup!
Saturday was full of excitement as the Underclass teams continued to battle for the top spots while the senior All Americans visited spent the morning teaching the sport of lacrosse to children from Harlem Lacrosse. Command girls didn’t let off the gas on day three as the level of play continued to rise with teams trying to secure their spot into the playoffs. The Long Island Highlight girls secured the one seed in the playoffs with a nail biter win over Midwest, ending pool play 4-0. Up the street on the boys’ fields, the Command teams continued to battle and the seeding for the playoffs came down to a tiebreaker. There were five teams tied at 2-2 with only three playoff spots available. DC, Upstate and Baltimore all headed into the boys highlight playoffs at 4-0. In the boys spotlight division, the top four teams all went into the playoffs tied at 2-1 with goal differential having to decide the seeds. In the girls division, Force and Ascend took the top two spots heading into the playoffs.
The girls Senior game had a few firsts this year. For the first time in the history of the event, all underclass regions were represented by players on the senior rosters. This year there were nine girls from the State of New Jersey, an event record.
The North team came out firing on all cylinders, quickly going up 6-0 with Shira Parower tallying three points in the first quarter alone. The South started to fight back, but the North held strong and kept winning the 50/50 balls in the middle of the field, winning 31 ground balls, another event record.
The North held off the South to win 16-8 and take a 10-5 series lead. Emily Lamparter was phenomenal in the loss as the teams only goalkeeper. She faced 55 shots, posted a new event record with 15 saves, and helped give the South team a chance to stay in the game. Chase Boyle received the MVP trophy with four points, three caused turnovers and two groundballs.
During the boys’ game, the North erupted out of the gates early, springing to a 5-1 lead seven minutes into the first quarter. Griffin Schutz was hot early with 2 goals in the first three minutes.
The entire game was a back-and-forth game of runs with the South eventually pulling away. Chase Mullins, the eventual MVP, set an event record with 27 face-off wins and gave the South most of the possession. Leo Johnson was phenomenal from behind the cage finding open cutters. Johnson finished with 4 assists, second most all-time.
Schutz’s five goals led all scorers. Eleven different players had at least three points. This game saw fifty goals scored, most since 2013 and tied for the most by one team, South, 28, in event history.
On Sunday, it was time to crown the Underclass Tournament champions!! On the girls’ Command side, Baltimore and Long Island took the top two seeds getting first round byes and both teams handled business in the semi-finals to advance to the championship! Baltimore went on to defeat a strong Long Island team
to win the Command championship!! On the highlight girls’ side, Long Island and Philadelphia, no strangers to the top spots, sat in the top two seeds and eventually met in the championship game with Long Island taking home the title. They finished the tournament 6-0 and averaged only over 5 goals allowed throughout the whole event. As it was with the other two divisions, the spotlight championship came down to the top two seeded teams of the tournament. In the first game of the tournament Ascend beat Force, and they would face off again in the championship to determine the top Girls Spotlight Team of 2021. Force would eventually beat Ascend to take home the crown!
Philadelphia and Washington DC went into championship day as the top two seeds. But it was Baltimore and CONNY who battled it for the title. The Baltimore Command Team was the team that gets the bragging rights for 2021 as they topped CONNY 10-7! The boys’ Highlight playoffs came down to Baltimore versus Washington DC in a battle of the beltways with Washington DC capping off the weekend undefeated with the title of boys’ Highlight champions! In the boys spotlight division, the top four teams all finished pool play at 2-1. The tiebreaker gave Surge and Rage the two top spots and eventually would play each other in the Championship. Rage took home the crown in an absolutely thriller of a game ending 6-5!
A HUGE thank you to all of the players, coaches, families, officials, sponsors, and staff all of which helped make the 16th Under Armour All America Lacrosse Tournament weekend the best one yet!