Lacrosse tourney is a big draw
The fourth annual NoVa West Shootout drew 14 high school select lacrosse teams from Maryland, Delaware and Northern Virginia to Middleburg Academy on July 31.
More than 1,000 spectators came out to watch the event, including several college coaches who were checking out the talent.
The shootout was broken up into two brackets – A and B. The NoVa West Flamingos won the A bracket, while the Virginia Cardinals were B-bracket champs.
The Flamingos defeated the Generals, Loudoun FuZe and Battle Park’s elite squad.
“This is always a great event and it’s fun to see it turn into a bragging rights of Northern Virginia,” said Flamingos’ coach Rob Horne, who also coaches Middleburg Academy, formerly Notre Dame Academy.
The Cardinals, out of Lexington, also went undefeated in three games, defeating Southern Maryland Elite, NoVa West Crusaders and Loudoun Storm.
Due to its growing popularity, tournament organizer Matt Pinkston said the event will increase to two days next summer with playoff rounds added.
“With these changes, we anticipate this becoming one of the can’t-miss tournaments of the summer,” noted Pinkston, also the founder of NoVa West Lacrosse.