Four local high school lacrosse players have been named to the Northern California team that will compete at the 2011 U-15 National Championships this July in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Duncan Hoskinson (attack), Alex Castro (defense) and Sean Mayle (midfield), all from Sacred Heart Prep, made the NorCal team along with James Harrison (defense) from Palo Alto High. They were selected following a tryout at Sequoia High last month.
NorCal tryout invitations were based on a combination of coach recommendation, recommendations and feedback from other coaches, the player's tryout application, and the position played.
There were over 100 applications, of which 70 players were selected to try out. The competition and skill level among the players was very high and the process to select the final team difficult. The 15 evaluators were top area youth, high school and college coaches, as well as professional and club lacrosse players.
"We evaluated the top players at every position in terms of lacrosse skill, athletic ability, commitment and leadership -- players who can represent Northern California in the best way possible both on and off the field," said coach Doug Appleton.
"Last year our NorCal national team was seeded first going into the semifinals and was two seconds away from a championship appearance when a turnover and quick goal ended our championship run," added Appleton. "We beat several tough East Coast teams in the tournament, including Maryland and Long Island. We know what it takes to compete at that level."
The NorCal team qualified for nationals following a fourth-place finish at the 2010 U-15 National Championships. This summer's event will be played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports facility from July 22-24.
The NorCal team is made up of players from Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association (NCJLA) and California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) schools. US Lacrosse permits the eligibility of 9th graders provided they meet the age requirements. The team will be coached by Appleton, Nick Mayle and JC Reid.
In other lacrosse news . . .
The Menlo Atherton Youth Lacrosse Club has been formed and plans are under way to form teams to compete with local clubs in the Bay Area through the Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association.
Lacrosse is a spring season sport and runs February to May. Boys and girls who will be between the ages 5 and 11 by 12/31/10 may register. The club is starting with teams for both boys and girls teams U-9 and U-11 as well as a Kinder/1st group.
For more information, go to MenloAthertonLacrosse.com or e-mail MenloAthertonLacrosse@Gmail.com.