With the Major League Lacrosse season right around the corner, the New York Lizards hosted their first annual Big Chill Shootout.
The 4 on 4 style tournament consisted of teams from all over the Tri-State area and as far as Albany, NY. The tournament was divided into two divisions: one included grades 3 and 4, while the other included grades 5 and 6. Each team was to play to play three games, with the championship game hosting the top two teams from each grade group. The games held the same rules as regular lacrosse, but instead were only 25 minutes in length with a halftime around the 13-minute mark.
In the grades 3-4 division, the Sachem Select pulled away from the competition, winning all three of their games, and scoring a group-high 60 goals. Their high-volume attack earned them a spot in the championship game. The second team to make it in this division was the Wings, who went 2-1 in their three games. They sealed themselves a spot in the championship game after a 17-6 victory over the Floyd Colonials.
On the other side, the 5-6 grade division was tightly contested up and down the standings. The Rush and Rock led the way, ending with records of 3-0 and 2-1 respectively. It seemed nobody had an answer for the Rock, as they too scored a group high 60 goals. Both Rush and Rock opted to not play in a championship game for coaching reasons.
In the third and fourth grade division, the Select and Wings squared off for the championship title. Each team fought back and forth, barely giving way to the other. With just under three minutes left, the Select held a four-goal lead, but that would not last. The Wings came storming back, scoring goals to cut the deficit to one. It came down to one shot. With 10 seconds left, a rip from 15 feet out was no good, as the Sachem Goalie made an amazing save to seal the game. The 2017 Big Chill Shootout champions, Sachem Select and Team Rush, will be honored at the first home game on Saturday, April 29
Look for more future tournaments and clinics as the season gets underway. And be sure to come out and cheer on our champions at our home opener. Tickets, clinics and other information can be found at