Nineteen Champs Crowned at the Fifteenth Annual Denver Shootout; Unified Lacrosse Game Kicked Off By Helicopter Visit
DENVER — The fifteenth annual Denver Shootout saw nineteen champions crowned June 18 at 3d Lacrosse’s largest event, a tournament drawing more than 220 teams from around the country.
An estimated 7,500 people made their way to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park for what has become 3d Lacrosse’s flagship tournament marking the beginning of the summer season. The event draws teams from as far away as the East Coast and Alberta, Canada – 224 teams in total this year across 14 boys divisions and five girls divisions.
Team 180, a girls program from the Denver area, was one of the weekend’s big winners, taking home three championships Sunday afternoon with titles in the Girls 2022, 2023 and 2024 divisions.
The girls divisions also saw teams from both coasts win championships, including the Bay Area WAVE out of Northern California.
"The Denver Shootout kicks off our summer program every year,” said Tom Perry, General Manager of the Bay Area WAVE.
“The great location, competition and fun, but unpredictable weather, make it a must play. Our club had a great showing again this year with our 2019 Bay Area WAVE team taking home the championship."
Mike Bartlett, 3d Lacrosse’s Director of Events, said 3d Lacrosse has continuously looked for ways to enhance the tournament experience for attending teams and coaches, as well as partners, officials and the 120 college coaches from men’s and women’s programs who spent the weekend camped out on the sidelines.
The 3d Lacrosse staff has tried to enhance tournament features both large scale and small: from the growing vendor village featuring lacrosse and lifestyle businesses from around the country, to the #DSO2018 Game Balls awarded by each team’s coach to a member of the opposing squad following each and every game of the event.
“We take pride in working to make the Denver Shootout an incredible lacrosse experience with a family atmosphere and outstanding competition,” said Mike Bartlett,
“It’s fulfilling to look out on the fields and see the sidelines packed with family members and college coaches. This tournament now sells out within weeks of registration opening up and the competition is getting better each year as lacrosse develops more out West and on the Pacific Coast.”
As in past years, the Denver Shootout weekend started off Thursday afternoon in Boulder, where the annual Colorado Showcase – hosted by 3d Colorado – was held on the University of Colorado Boulder campus.
More than 230 players and upward of 100 coaches were on hand throughout the day for a training session followed by games that ran into the evening.
On Friday, coaches gathered at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in the early afternoon for a two-hour long coaches instructional clinic attended by more than 200 youth and scholastic-age players. Coaches from Division I, II and III programs worked directly with the youth players on individual skills and positional and team concepts before the Denver Shootout began in earnest Friday evening.
“We work to involve the college coaches as much as we can to give all of our attendees, especially the players themselves, numerous opportunities to learn and get more out of the weekend than just the games alone,” Bartlett said. “It helps them walk away having learned and improved as well.”
A highlight of the weekend, Flight for Life Colorado – the local rescue flight helicopter serving 3d partner Children’s Hospital Colorado – made a special landing Saturday evening at the Denver Shootout.
The landing coincided with the start of the annual Unified Lacrosse “All-Star” Game, an annual contest featuring student-athletes with special challenges who want the opportunity to play the game and celebrate it with their friends.
Unified Lacrosse was founded by a group of students from Cherry Creek High School in Denver. The annual Unified matchup was put together by Jeremy Dorr, a special education teacher who is actively involved in the game as a local coach and serves as the Training Director for Unified.
3d Lacrosse staff members along with members of the Unified Lacrosse family were waiting on the ground when the chopper touched down. As the Unified Lacrosse players made their way to the helicopter and the flight crew, 3d lacrosse staff presented the student-athletes with beginners’ lacrosse sticks, courtesy of 3d’s official gear partner STX Lacrosse.
“The Denver Shootout has become a tremendous opportunity for 3d Lacrosse to bring together thousands of lacrosse players and their families and to create a massive stage to celebrate the sport,” said Greg Waldbaum, 3d Lacrosse’s CEO.
“It’s also a great time and place for 3d Lacrosse to celebrate the many strong partnerships in and out of lacrosse that we’ve forged as we continue to grow and evolve as a company. Partners like STX, Lax.com, Nike and NextPro have all become key parts of what we do at our events to help create a great experience for everyone who attends, whether it be the athletes, the team coaches, the families or the college coaches.”
Below is a full list of winners across each division, as well as a look at the 2019, 2020 and 2021 DSO All-Stars. All-star rosters from the event can be viewed here.
Visit 3dLacrosse.com/tournaments for 3d Lacrosse’s complete lineup of national and regional events, including the 2019 Denver Shootout.
2019 DSO All-Stars
2020 DSO All-Stars
2021 DSO All-Stars
Boys 2019 AA Division: 3d Colorado
Boys 2019 A Division: ADVNC Sacramento
Girls HS Open Division: Bay Area WAVE
Boys 2020 AA Division: Denver Elite Silver
Boys 2020 A Division: 3d Colorado
Boys 2021 AA Division: Evolve Elite USA
Boys 2021 A Division: 3d Georgia
Boys 2022 AA Division: Team 91 Texas Revolution
Boys 2022 A Division: Team Colorado Outlaws
Boys 2023 AA Division: Mad Dog West
Girls 2022 Division: Team 180
Boys 2023 A Division: Team Minnesota
Girls 2023 Division: Team 180
Boys 2024 AA Division: Mad Dog
Boys 2024 A Division: Denver Elite
Girls 2024 Division: Team 180
Boys 2025 Division: Breakaway Lacrosse
Girls 2025 Division: Grit Lacrosse
Boys 2026 Division: Tommyknockers
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, San Francisco, Tampa and Westfield, N.J. Learn more at 3dLacrosse.com.
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