Zombies Lacrosse, a club team made up of high school players from NEPA wrapped up 2017 proving that even though lacrosse is still fairly new to Northeast PA, they can compete at a National Level.
The Zombies won championships in 2 of the 3 tournaments they attended this past summer, earning them a bid to the Dick’s Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions held in Tampa, Florida on December 29, 30, 31st. The tournament is billed as the only true National Championship since teams have to win a championship at one of over 50 qualifying events held throughout the United States.
At the Tournament of Champions, the Zombies team faced all-star teams from Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, as well as a few National All Star teams that consist of players from throughout the United States. The Zombies lost their first game to Nations United, one of the national all star teams, but bounced back to win their next 4 games decisively earning them a 3 seed in the Championship Playoff bracket.
They started with an easy first round win, then went on to play an undefeated FCA National Team in the quarterfinals. The Zombies struck first jumping out to early 4-0 lead but the talented FCA team came back strong and finally gained a 1 point advantage with just a few minutes left in regulation. With under 2 minutes left on the clock, the Zombies scored again tying up the game, and held off FCA during a Man Down situation, sending the game into overtime. The Zombies secured the faceoff and scored quickly for an exciting win that set up a rematch with the undefeated Nations United team in the championship game. The Zombies scored first and played a solid first half allowing them to enter halftime down by 1 goal, but after a well-fought game the skilled depth of Nations United proved to be a little too much and Zombies ended up earning the silver medal.
The Tournament of Champions was a great experience for the Zombies players to gain exposure to some of the best lacrosse talent and teams in the country while also showing that this little travel lacrosse team from NEPA can compete at the highest levels.