Eight Champions Crowned at the Third Annual Riptide Tournament in SoCal
OCEANSIDE, Calif. — Eight champions were crowned this past weekend at the third edition of The Riptide, 3d Lacrosse’s growing Pacific Coast summer destination tournament.
Nearly 80 teams competed across six boys divisions and two girls divisions at the SoCal Sports Complex, just minutes from the ocean where sidelines were packed with teams, players and families for the entire weekend.
“We continue to see The Riptide Lacrosse Tournament grow and attract more teams from up and down the West Coast,” said Mike Bartlett, 3d Lacrosse’s Director of Events.
When the dust settled Sunday afternoon, Mad Dog – a program out of Southern California – had won three championships on the day in claiming the Girls High School Elite title and the Boys 2021 and 2024 division crowns.
A celebration of lacrosse, this year’s The Riptide saw teams from up and down the coast battled it out under a bright sunny sky, just minutes from the beach. Teams came from far away as Washington and Oregon to compete for the right to hoist the Riptide championship surfboard.
Attendees and their families packed the busy Vendors Village, where partners like STX Lacrosse and Lax.com had large setups. Official tournament apparel provider Stylax was on hand, as well as a variety of other lacrosse and lifestyle brands. As always, a lineup of food trucks offered eclectic cuisine options for tournament goers.
Local media outlets, covering the event, estimated that The Riptide drew more than 3,000 people to the region.
On the fields, team coaches handed out The Riptide MVP lacrosse balls to one player on the opposing team after every singe game of the tournament – a tradition at 3d Events tournaments meant to encourage good sportsmanship.
“You’d be hard pressed to find a better spot to bring your family for a weekend of lacrosse,” Bartlett said of the Riptide’s gorgeous location minutes from San Diego’s North County beach towns.
He also pointed out that, much like 3d Events’ Oceanside Hustle tournament, the competition has gotten better each summer at The Riptide.
“The Riptide has really become a terrific spot for these teams to face good competition and have a great experience in one of the most beautiful areas of the country. We know college coaches enjoy it because it’s a great spot, but also a region of the country loaded with emerging lacrosse talent.”
Leading up to the weekend, 3d Events and 3d San Diego hosted the Cali Gold Showcase, a one-day training and exposure opportunity now in its ninth year.
More than 80 players spent the afternoon working in small groups and small-sided training before breaking out into game play as about 30 college coaches observed from the sideline for a recruiting prelude to the weekend’s tournament.
“This entire weekend turned out to be a great success,” said 3d San Diego Director Zack Burke.
“We had a really strong concentration of talent in the Cali Gold Showcase and a respected group of coaches from all over the map working with these kids in a developmental setting and then let them loose on the field to give the college coaches a good look at them before The Riptide.”
Below is a look at each of the winners from this year’s Riptide. For a full look at 3d Lacrosse’s full lineup of national and regional events, visit 3dlacrosse.com/tournaments.
Boys 2018: SD United
Boys 2019/2020: 3d San Diego 2019
Boys 2021: Mad Dog
Boys 2022: SoCal Express
Boys 2023: Seattle Starz
Boys 2024: Mad Dog
Girls High School Elite Division: Mad Dog
Girls High School Rising: NorCal Rize Crimson
About 3d Lacrosse
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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