Petaluma, CA – 101 Elite traveled to Salt Lake City to participate in the first ever Western Invitational by Legends Lacrosse and walked away with the a third place finish.
Games began on Wednesday morning with Madlax Oregon. The game started a bit slow with 101 jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the 1st quarter. While the offense found their rhythm, the defense was stout as 101 pulled away to win the game 7-2. In game two 101 faced Utah Lacrosse Club. Unable to get into any rhythm with sloppy turnovers 101 fell in this one 11-6. Heading into the final game 1-1, the pressure was on to make playoffs.
In their final game of the day they were in a barn burner with the Vegas Starz Elite. Defense lead the way and the teams played to a 2-2 halftime tie. The second half featured a bit more offense with Vegas getting out to a 5-3 lead, but as time was winding down the game was tied at 5-5. Vegas got a goal with 1:30 left to lead 6-5, but 101 won the faceoff and were able to get the game tying goal with 30 seconds left. The game ended in a tie which was enough to propel 101 to the 4 seed in the playoffs.
On Sunday, 101 opened with Seattle Starz in a hard fought battle. Teams traded blows on the defensive end and the score at halftime was 2-1. A few miscues allowed the Starz to extend their lead that they would never relinquish as 101 Elite would fall, and end up 3rd in the Western Invitational.
For the second tournament in a row 101 Elite was participating in the semifinal game. The team was coached by 101 Founder Panchito Ojeda, Boys Program Director Andrew Klontz, and Rancho Cotate HS Head Coach (Tory Hotaling). 101 Elite will be back on the field this winter at the ADRLN Challenge in January.