On Saturday the Atlee Raiders of Richmond traveled to Williamsburg to meet the Tabb Tigers at the Warhill Sports Complex. Anyone following high school lacrosse in our area would know that this was a big game for a lot of reasons.

  • The Tabb Tigers and the Atlee Raiders represent their respective high schools by voluntarily following VHSL rules. Those rules include geographic restrictions, when teams can start practice, and limiting their game schedules to 14 games excluding post season play. Both teams are members of their respective chapters of US Lacrosse and play NFHS rules (National Federation of State High School Association).
  • Both teams marched onto the field undefeated in their respective conferences and Tabb had only one loss to Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School in Virginia Beach.  The Tabb Tigers also played Nansemond Suffolk Academy earlier this season winning 9-8. The decision for high school club teams to play…

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But it’s just a another game…

Tonight our first year York Falcons met the Hickory Hawks of Chesapeake. Both teams are listed as JV teams by the US Chapter of US Lacrosse and Hickory also fields a very good varsity team whose only two losses of the year have been against Grafton and Grassfield both of which have winning records.  The Hickory JV team came into this game with only two losses on the season one of which was to Cox JV Boys who remain undefeated and the other to the Grassfield JV Boys who played our York team to a 3-3 tie. Some of you might remember that York also lost to Cox by one goal in a game that went down to the wire.

The point of that introduction is to set the stage and let everyone know that York only has to field one team while the majority of our opponents actually field both JV and Varsity teams from the same high school. Our York team may lack lacrosse experience, however; we benefit from having more senior student/athletes on the field many of which are stand-outs in other sports.

In tonight’s game York won 3-2 in the second overtime. Hickory has a very good bunch of players, they have dedicated coaches,  and they are great ambassadors for their high school and Chesapeake. Both teams played an extremely competitive game with limited penalties and great sportsmanship in front of one of the largest group of parents, supporters, brothers, sisters, and coaches ever. It was the “Friday Night Lights” of lacrosse folks!

But it’s just a another game…

If you follow this blog you will know that I am not going to give the ESPN play by play analysis on the game but if ESPN had been there this game would have been the lead story on Sportscenter and no, this was not just another game.

This was the game that saw the York Falcons make it to a winning record for the season, this was a tipping point for any new team, that sense of accomplishment that comes from succeeding. This was the game that our players learned that they could count on each other, this was the game that proved that teamwork really does work, and this was the game when the every player on the team realized that discipline, hard-work, and sportsmanship really does matter. But the most critical component of this game was that our team now knows that they can “Make Winning a Habit” they have learned that they can win with honor, lose with dignity, and above else they have learned to Honor the Game!

Thanks to all the parents, our faithful stat keepers and time keepers, and all of our supporters. Please be sure to thank our coaches Anthony Brooks and Mike Moreno for their dedication and hard-work.

Finally, I want to give a big shout-out to Steve Butler, Coach for the U/15 Yorktown Titans. I had the absolute pleasure of spending part of the game in spectator row with Coach Butler and believe it or not, Coach Butler and I talked lacrosse. I am looking forward to working with Coach Butler and all the Titans as we move forward. They are a critical component of several area high school lacrosse programs, they have great coaches, players, administration, parents and supporters.

Does anybody know where lacrosse players go when they graduate from the Titans? Hint:High School

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Recently our first year boys high school team played in an awesome game against an undefeated well established team. The game saw several lead changes after our team overcame a 3-0 deficit early in the game to ultimately end up at one goal ahead with a little over four minutes left in the game. With a little more than a minute to go we gave up the ball to our opponents who were able to score two successive goals leaving a little under thirty seconds left in the game on what turned about to be the last face-off of the game. On the last face-off the ball went out of bounds and the ball was awarded to the opposing team. Time ran out and the opposing team won by a goal.

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Today we attended the first ever Lacrosse Day at Hampton University and were really happy that we did. Not only did we get to see some really exciting lacrosse but added some new friends to our lacrosse community and discovered yet again why this game is so important on so many levels.

One of the big highlights of the day was talking to the players of the Hampton University Pirates Lacrosse Team. The Pirates won their first game and proceeded to the stands to presumably chill out before the final game. My sons Michael, Joe and I spent the time talking to the team we discovered that the majority of the team had only been playing lacrosse for 2 – 4 years, which was really hard for us to understand since my sons have now played lacrosse for over a dozen years. You could not miss the excitement of the…

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Yorktown Titans

I wanted to share this update unedited. What is so important about this update is the importance of youth programs feeding high school organizations and the structure that has been created to support the fastest growing sport in America.  When you read this you can see that it is the truly dedicated people that make this work and gives kids the opportunity to experience this fantastic game of lacrosse. If you would like to contribute your time or resources please get in touch with the folks below.

I wanted to provide a mid-season update to all of our Yorktown Titan players and parents.  We are blessed again this year with a group of quality coaches and enthusiastic players who have worked hard to play competitive lacrosse on boys and girls teams at every level from U-9 to U-15.  We have 166 boys competing on 10 teams in the boys youth division and 81 girls competing on 4 teams in the girls youth division of Hampton Roads Lacrosse.  We also have a thriving soft stick program that is introducing more young boys and girls to the game of lacrosse.  In total, we have over 250 families from York County, Poquoson, Newport News and Hampton participating in lacrosse under the Yorktown Titan colors.  Thank you to all of the players and parents as you has displayed nothing but tremendous sportsmanship on the field and on the sidelines throughout the season.

I have been involved with the Titans since 2005 and have watched the organization grow to where it is today.  I remember then that we had great energy from people like Mike Hehir, Steve King, Mike and Michelle Gazarik and others who had the vision, the initiative and innovative spirit to create a model program in York County.  They have been replaced today by the Hecht’s, the Pozin’s, the Lugo’s, the Lucas’ and others who are taking the program to even greater levels. I am proud to say that unlike other programs, we have never said no to a child who wants to play for the Titans.  As an example, when the Newport News program folded several years ago, we gladly accepted their players on our teams.  Our hope is that Newport News will find a spark that will ignite their program again and we will see an expanded lacrosse footprint on the peninsula again.

It is interesting to note that the Titans started as a “Tabb” centric program with a large majority of the players from Tabb Elementary, Mount Vernon Elementary and Tabb Middle.  Today, the program has spread up route 17 and into Poquoson so that we are truly a program that is equally represented throughout York County and Poquoson.  This is never more evident than this year when we have teams representing Tabb, Grafton, York and Poquoson High Schools participating in the Boys and Girls High School Divisions of HRLax.  The Titans are the single organization that prepares area youth to play at the high school level on those teams.  And we must be doing something right as those teams are routinely in the finals of the HRLax boys and girls high school varsity and junior varsity tournaments every year.

Behind the scenes, a tremendous amount of work was done by our coaches and members of the Titan’s Board of Directors to pave the way for a successful season.   I think it is only appropriate to recognize them for their leadership, enthusiasm and dedicated support of the youth on the Peninsula.  Without them, and those that preceded them, the only lacrosse on the peninsula would be at HRA and on ESPN.

The “heavy lifters” on the board have been:

  • Donna Hecht (Titans VP) who has been the driving force in everything we do, and has leadership roles with Hampton Roads Lacrosse that ensures the Titans are well represented in their planning and decision making processes,
  • Will Lugo (Titans Board Member) who has kept detailed financial records, orchestrated the deal with our vendor for spirit wear,  secured a new storage facility, and done a myriad of other things that have been critical to our success,
  • Victor Lucas (Titans Board Member) who, in addition to officiating and coaching both boys and girls teams, has coordinated activities for the girls youth programs and made sure they are represented on our board,
  • Anita Pozin (Titans Board Member) who has done miraculous things while coordinating and negotiating with York County Parks and Recreation and the York County Sports Complex to secure practice and game fields for the Titans.
  • Glen Pozin (Titans Boys Coaches Coordinator and Yorktown Area Rep) who has done an outstanding job representing the Titans at HRLax meetings, inventorying and issuing equipment to every team, and in ensuring that we have qualified coaches at every level.

In addition to the Titan board members listed above, I must mention the coaches.  Too many to list, each of them has completed a rigorous training and certification program so that they understand the game of lacrosse and how to teach the fundamental skills of throwing, catching, shooting and scooping.   Most importantly, they have been schooled in “positive coaching” and how to honor the game, honor their teammates, honor the referees and honor their opponents.  These are imperatives to running a successful program.

Together, these board members and coaches have displayed the highest levels of leadership and ownership of the youth lacrosse program in York County, Poquoson, Newport News and Hampton.  They all have other jobs and children on at least one of the Titans teams.  Without them there would be no program.  We all owe them a tremendous “thank you” for all they have done, and continue to do, as we progress through the season.  Please show them your appreciation the next time you see one of them on the field or on the sidelines.

We are always looking for volunteers to help within the Titans organization.  Several of our board members, including me, will be stepping down at the end of this season.  Additionally, we continue to look for ways to raise funds, there is always a need for coaches at every level, and we always need parents to line the fields, maintain equipment, string nets, and act as team parents.  Please look in the mirror and ask yourself if you can answer the call to volunteer your time and energy to keep the Yorktown Titans the thriving organization that it is.  All it takes is raising your hand and saying “YES” you want to help.  Please email me at tmoon@ita-intl.com or call me at 757-759-9706 if you want to volunteer or serve on the Titan’s board.

See you on the sidelines,

Tim Moon
President, Yorktown Titans Youth Lacrosse

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York Falcons vs Grafton Clippers (4-3) 3OT

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The York Falcons sporting new white jerseys met the Grafton Clippers in one of the most exciting games of the year. Both teams are currently playing JV schedules and this game was listed by the Hampton Roads Chapter of US Lacrosse as an unofficial game. As for the players on the field don’t bother telling them it was unofficial. Both teams played the game like it was the state championship.

Ultimately the game ended in the third overtime period when York scored the final goal with York winning 4-3. Winning a triple overtime game is a great feeling for the winners and tough on the other team but it builds character, resolve, and help boys become men. Despite the loss, Grafton fielded a very good team and we wish them well on the remainder of their season. Big thanks to the Grafton Clippers for hosting the game. The teams will meet again for an official game at Christopher Newport University on May 4th at 4:30 pm.

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We also want to thank the parents, stat keepers, and the York girls team who came out to cheer the boys on after their win against Menchville by a score of 14-3.

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