Eclipse U13s playing in World Series of Youth Lacrosse
A local team is playing in the World Series.
The Eclipse Lacrosse Club U13 National Team is in Denver for the World Series of Youth Lacrosse which runs July 1-4.
The three-day tournament features the 24 best U13 lacrosse teams in the world with the opening ceremony Monday night and games beginning Tuesday morning.
The Eclipse team are the elite of the elite in the state and are ready to make their presence felt on the national stage in Denver.
“This is a once in a lifetime experience for these players,” Eclipse head coach Will Koshansky said. “We all know this is a unique and special opportunity. We have tournaments throughout the season and different parents come, mom will come to one, dad will go to another and bring other kids but this week is a full family experience. Almost everyone is out here, parents and younger siblings. It is a real family experience, much like going to Williamsport for the Little League World Series in baseball is for those families.”
Koshansky is also the head coach of the Staples boys lacrosse team.
He is joined on the coaching staff by Jon Basti, the head coach at Sacred Heart, and Chris Roberts, head coach at Canterbury School.
The roster includes two players from Darien: Carter Hagen and Briggs McGuckin,
Pool play is Tuesday and Wednesday. Every team is guaranteed at least six games at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
The playoffs and championship are Thursday, July 4, with the final held at the University of Denver stadium.
Teams qualified by playing in one of six regional qualifiers.
The North Qualifier was held in Long Island in April.
Seven teams came out of the North, five from the West, four from the East, two from the South and two from the Midwest to go along with four international teams competing.
Eclipse comes in as the No. 11 ranked team after a solid fourth place finish in a stacked field at the North Qualifier.
Their only losses came in one-goal games against No. 3 Legacy and No. 6 Prime Time.
Koshansky thinks those two close losses in the North Qualifier, traditionally the strongest national region, only made his team stronger and more confident heading into the World Series.
The Eclipse team is made up of players from 10 towns in Fairfield and New Haven counties: New Milford, East Haven, Fairfield, Branford, Ridgefield, New Canaan, Darien, Greenwich, Wilton and Cheshire.
Matt Jeffery from Cheshire stood out on attack in the North Regional while both goalies, Hagen from Darien and Alex Rolfe of Greenwich, played exceptionally well, according to Koshansky
He also singled out defensemen Dillon Stephens from Greenwich and Cooper Callahan of Branford as being integral to qualifying due to stout defensive play.
Fans will want to pay attention to those names and all the names on this squad because they will likely be filling varsity high school rosters in the coming years in the FCIAC, SCC, SWC and prep schools.
“There are certainly a lot of former Eclipse players playing in high school now and you will see these kids very soon in the FCIAC and prep schools and elsewhere,” Koshansky said. “This is a very talented group of players and while they want to have individual success, these kids all really care about each other and don’t ever want to let their teammates down. They play great as a team and we believe this group can do very well at this tournament.”