Carmel Valley Falcons Take Title at 3d San Diego’s Inaugural SoCal Box Championship
ESCONDIDO, Calif. — The Camel Valley Falcons used overtime to win the first ever SoCal Box Championship over the weekend, a two-day tournament hosted at Kit Carson Park by 3d San Diego.
Featuring eight local teams made up of players from some of the top high school programs, the SoCal Box Championship is a first-of-its-kind tournament aimed at helping introduce and spread the game of box lacrosse.
“This is true of a box lacrosse experience as a lot of these players will be able to experience,” said 3d San Diego Director Zach Burke, a former professional field and box lacrosse player who founded the event.
The SoCal Box Championship was born out of 3d San Diego’s successful San Diego Box Lacrosse League (SBDL) offering, which Burke says has helped transform the local lacrosse scene by immersing players in 3d Lacrosse’s Methodology and teaching field players box lacrosse concepts.
“The impact that the SBDL has had on lacrosse in the San Diego and the North County area is immeasurable,” he said.
“SoCal has a lot of teams with players and coaches who want these experiences so they can get better at the game and give themselves a different environment for improving lacrosse skill and IQ. We’re confident we delivered that this weekend.”
The SoCal Box Championship featured a round robin, three-game format on Saturday that set up the seeding for Sunday’s championship bracket. With five runners and one goalie on the floor for each time, a 30-second shot clock and most traditional box lacrosse rules in play, the play on the floor was rapid and physical.
“This is the type of environment that will undoubtedly accelerate skill and IQ in players and that’s why we’ve been working so hard to bring this to fruition,” Burke said.
“There really aren’t many other box-specific tournaments out there, so this is pretty special to be able to host this in SoCal, where there seems to be a growing appetite for lacrosse. Through the SBDL, we’ve seen how box lacrosse can have a positive influence on the local programs in the area. This is another way to help create that learning that players carry forward with them.”
The intense, fast-paced contests during the SoCal Box Championship saw the Carmel Valley Falcons and the Titans LC battle their way to the finale to meet in the championship matchup. Like many of the games throughout the weekend, the title tilt was a hard-fought, closely contested game; the final also went into overtime.
A team made up of players from the Torrey Pines area, the Carmel Valley Falcons rallied late in the second half, closing a two-goal gap and then, in the four-minute overtime frame, won the game 8-7 on Alderik van der Heyde’s third goal of the game.
The win came over a Titans LC team featuring many players from nearby Poway, and the game emitted strong tones of an established rivalry from start to finish.
“I was really proud of the grit and toughness our guys showed this weekend,” said Jono Zissi, the head coach of the Carmel Valley Falcons. He said that the players on his team rarely have had the chance to experience lacrosse in the box setting.
“Having never played box lacrosse, we had to learn on the fly and kids adapted quickly and they made it happen.”
The SoCal Box Championships made for a busy weekend of lacrosse in Escondido. The event coincided with a face-off clinic hosted by 3d San Diego and led by Matt Schomburg, the founder of the FogoLax Academy. Players from the area were able to work individually with the widely regarded face-off guru early Saturday leading up to the event.
As part of 3d Lacrosse’s growing relationship with STX, the company’s official equipment partner also provided new heads to each of the players on the Carmel Valley roster.
“We’re fired up to be working with STX and their people and resources as we look to build out the sport here in Southern California,” Burke said. “To have them involved in a variety of ways this weekend helped make the event that much more incredible. We’re already excited about next year and how we can grow the event.”
More content, including photos and analysis, will be made available in the coming weeks.
For more information on 3d San Diego’s wide range of offerings, including teams, box training, leagues, and more, visit 3dLacrosse.com/find-your-market/san-diego.
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3d Lacrosse is the nation’s fastest-growing lacrosse services company, offering innovative training, premier events, select travel teams, showcases and leagues for boys and girls ages six through 18 at all levels of organized competition. Founded in 2009, the Company trains more than 35,000 athletes annually using its proprietary Box-Field Hybrid™ Development System that combines the tight stick-handling and ball control of box lacrosse with the team-based field strategies used in Division I college programs. In addition to lacrosse-specific training, professional coaches help players develop lifelong skills, including dedication, teamwork and critical thinking under pressure. Based in Denver, 3d Lacrosse also has offices in Annapolis, Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Hartford, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, Rochester, San Diego and San Francisco. Learn more at 3dLacrosse.com.
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