Tropical Thaw Draws Nearly 40 Teams, Crowns Five Champions in Second Year
DAVENPORT, Fla.—3d Lacrosse closed out 2019—the company’s tenth year in operation—by hosting nearly 40 teams and crowning five champions at the second annual Tropical Thaw tournament in Central Florida.
For three days leading up to the New Year, lacrosse took over Northeast Regional Park, just west of Orlando, a site where 3d Lacrosse has hosted camps and events for the better part of the last decade.
Featuring top club teams from up and down the coast, and some from as far away as Ontario, Canada, the Tropical Thaw in just its second year nearly doubled in size, growing from just over 20 teams in 2018 to 39 in 2019.
Director of Events Mike Bartlett and his staff have worked to create a family-oriented, extremely competitive offering that people can make a yearly tradition and turn into something more with the event being so close to the Disney Resorts.
“We know this is an important weekend for lacrosse families who want to combine a family trip and give their sons a chance to compete at a high level while the weather is still great down this way,” Bartlett said.
“And we know that this is a great opportunity for many of the best clubs teams to get together and battle it out for a championship without a lot of other conflicts. In just two years, we’ve been able to turn this into one of the top winter tournaments and we’ll keep working to make it better each year. We’re excited about the incredible level of play we’ve seen in the first two years.”
Repeating on Tropical Thaw titles from 2018, both Nation United and Brady’s Bunch won their second consecutive championships in the High School Elite and 2026/2027 divisions, respectively. Meanwhile, Carolina National captured the High School Rising title, while 3d Georgia won the 2024 division and 3d Texas won the 2025 division.
“We were looking for a competitive, high level event for our Carolina National teams in the winter months,” said Scott Olive, the Director of Red Devil Lacrosse, the program that runs the Carolina National team.
“Tropical Thaw was a perfect fit as we competed against nationally recognized teams like Nation United, 3d Georgia, 3d Texas, 3d Florida and Resolute. Florida is a nice place to be in December also.”
Below, see the full list of winners and pictures of the champions from the 2019 Tropical Thaw.
For more information on 3d Lacrosse’s lineup of national and regional tournaments, visit 3dlacrosse.com/tournaments.
High School Elite: Nation United
High School Rising: Carolina Rising
2024: 3d Georgia
2025: 3d Texas
2026/2027: Brady’s Bunch
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, New York, Portland, Rochester, San Diego, San Francisco, Tampa and Westfield, N.J. Learn more at 3dLacrosse.com.
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