Dallas Select traveled to Denver, Colorado, last weekend and turned in a solid performance in the Denver Shootout hosted by 3dlax.com. Dallas Select posted a 5-1 record losing to Team Centennial (aka Cherry Creek HS) in the tournament’s inaugural championship 4-2.
Dallas Select was the buzz of the tournament after a tremendous first day going 3-0. As posted on InsideLacrosse.com, Dallas Select was “marked by a powerhouse offense and a lockdown defense in their first three games; 19-0 over Fort Collins Colorado, 9-0 over True Lacrosse (Illinois), and 10-0 against 4 Leaf (California).” At the last game of that day, the Dallas Select squad was watched by every coach attending the tournament including Notre Dame, Syracuse, UNC, Ohio State, Harvard, UMBC, Fairfield, Air Force, Yale, Bucknell, Quinnipiac, and D3 powerhouse, Salisbury.
By the end of the day, 9 out of 25 players were selected to play in the All-Star game. They included: at attack, Trevor Atkins; at midfield, Alec Lucas, Paul Stephenson, Tyler Landis, Gil Cassagne, and Grif Cassagne; at defense, Sam Johnston and Brandon Mullins; and, in goal, Dan Morris.
Day 2 was another exciting day for Dallas Select as they moved passed their first opponent, Team 3dlax USA, 7-3. The next game was an epic match vs. Team Claremont from British Columbia. The game was tremendous from top to bottom. Both squads played very well and ultimately left the boys from Dallas with a hard fought victory. DSelect was losing with 1 minute left when they extended in an effort to get the ball back. Robbie Holland made a tremendous play by picking up a pass near the end line and immediately got it to Brandon Mullins who pushed transition. Mullins did a tremendous job of drawing attention and got the rock to Buck McClure who scored to put the game into overtime where McClure was the man again winning the game vs. the Spartans. It was an exciting match and left the series vs. Claremont 1-1 as Dallas Select lost last year.
Dallas Select finally ran out of gas in the championship losing to an altitude-acclimated Team Centennial squad who won the 2010 Colorado State Championship.
It was ultimately a tremendous tournament for Dallas Select garnering a tremendous amount of visibility. The players of Dallas Select left everyone with an understanding of the outstanding ability that exists in Dallas. Every single player brought his A game allowing Dallas Select to get its first ever, national press. Inside Lacrosse had a very complimentary article about Dallas Select online with several players being mentioned.
It can be found at http://insidelacrosse.com/blog/2010/06/21/recruiting-roundup-denver-shootout.
Dallas Select sincerely thanks all the players that participated!