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Lacrosse tourney is a big draw

photoRicky Reyes, front center, controls the ball during the NoVa West Flamingos game against the Loudoun FuZe on July 31 in Middleburg. The Flamingos won the game and the A bracket title in the 14-team tournament. Reyes also plays lacrosse at Stone Bridge High School.—Photos Courtesy/Ricardo Reyes

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.


Hey i play on Chesapeake Rock and it would be a good game between us.!

When there are no playoffs, the bracket winner is normally determined by the team with the best record in round robin play. The Flamingos were 3-0 in the A bracket and the Cardinals were 3-0 in the B bracket.

Generals had a good day too. Not sure how the “title” was determined. There were no playoffs in the A division.
Generals 6, Flamingos 8
Generals 12, Dragons 0
Generals 8, FUZE 6

Hey Martin they are to support breast cancer.

Sounds like maybe Martin Thurn was on the losing team

Please explain why the Flamingo uniforms are so ugly!?!  Was it a special fund-raiser?

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