The Boston Kings were one of four teams to go undefeated in the 14U Boys' Division, each earning a bye to the quarterfinal round on Saturday.

DOWNINGTOWN, Pa. — The 11th annual US Lacrosse Nationals got underway on Friday at United Sports amid sweltering temperatures, but there was plenty of great lacrosse to take in.

The event features 49 teams from 18 states in four divisions — 13U Boys, 13U Girls, 14U Boys and 14U Girls — and will culminate on Sunday with all four championship games being streamed live on Lax Sports Network.

Each team played two pool play games on Friday to set up the seeding for bracket play which opens on Saturday. To accommodate the heat, games were shortened to 20 minutes halves and water breaks mixed in at the midway point of each half.

The 13U Boys’ Division was ultra-competitive, including a five-way tie for second place behind Freedom 2023 Red (Pa.). Freedom rallied for a 7-6 win over the Texas Mustangs to go 2-0 and earn the top seed. That earned Freedom a bye into the semifinal round while the other seven teams in the division begin quarterfinal play on Saturday.\

In the 13U Girls’ Division, the Yellow Jackets 2024 Weiner (N.Y.) and Maryland United 2024 each went 2-0 to win their respective pools. Hero’s 2024 Green (Md.) edged out the CT Grizzlies 2024 Navy on a tie-breaker to win Pool B after they tied their pool play game after Hero’s scored the tying goal with just seven seconds to play. The fourth pool winner was NEMS 2024 (Md.), which went 1-0-1.

In the 14U Boys’ Division, 3d Georgia, Boston Kings (Mass.), Looneys 2023 Green (Md.) and Igloo Black Diamond (N.Y.) each went 2-0 to gather the top four seeds for the playoff round. Those four teams received byes to the quarterfinal round which begins on Saturday afternoon.

Team 180 from Colorado was one of seven teams to go undefeated in pool play action on Friday.

In the 14U Girls’ Division, seven different teams went undefeated in Friday’s pool play games with the CT Grizzlies Navy 2023, Long Island Jesters United (N.Y.), NXT Black 2023 (Pa.) and Ultimate CC 2023 (Pa.) winning the four pools.

Complete results and bracket schedules can be found on Tourney Machine.

US Lacrosse Nationals

Nearly 50 teams from 18 states are competing in the 2019 US Lacrosse Nationals at United Sports in Downingtown, Pa.

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