For the fourth time in five years, the Eclipse U13 team will be participating in the World Series of Youth Lacrosse, which starts tomorrow in Denver, with 24 teams chasing the age-group championship over three days.
The Eclipse is led by Will Koshansky, who just completed his first season as the coach at Staples. This is Koshansky’s third year with the team, which is comprised of players from nine towns, including New Canaan, Darien, Greenwich, Ridgefield, Wilton and Fairfield.
“It is something all the kids look forward to,” Koshansky said. “This year we probably had about 150 kids try out for the 25 spots on the roster.”
The Eclipse finished fifth in a qualifying event on Long Island in April to earn one of the seven spots from the North Region.
Many of the players have been together for four years and won a number of other tournaments.
The Eclipse is led by Matt Jeffery and Doster Crowell on attack; John Kleinbeck and Hudson Hausmann at midfield; Graham Burchill at faceoff; Gavin McCarthy at LSM; Dillon Stephens and Colin Finnigan on defense; and Alexander Rolfe in goal.
Koshansky said the team’s depth is one of its greatest assets.
“We’ve got a good group of players from different towns so it is really a mixture of all the top players from across Connecticut,” Koshansky said. “Having that talent and having the culture that we have and the bond the players have with each other. It seems like it’s a special group in how well the kids get along, how much the parents like each other. With the summer schedule we are traveling a month and a half, with practices a couple of times a week and tournaments on weekends and we’ve been doing that the past few years.”
Teams are seeded into four groups of six. Each team will play the other five in its group. The top two teams in each division will advance to a single elimination round.
Koshansky said the Eclipse’s best finish in the tournament came three years ago when it ended up in fifth place.
“It’s an unbelievable event, it’s a once in a lifetime experience for these kids,” Koshansky said. “The WSYL does a fantastic job of making it more than just lacrosse games. You are going against the best teams in the country, you are going against the best players across the country.”