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Predators 2023 Lacrosse Team Competes at the World Series of Youth Lacrosse in Denver PDF Print Email


By Guest Contributor

Jul. 18, 2018:  Five Bronxville boys and their teammates traveled to Denver to compete against the top U13 lacrosse teams in the world. Rising 8th-graders Thomas Conneally, Nick George, Sean McGrath, Greydon O'Keefe, and Chris Patterson are members of the Westchester-based Predators 2023 lacrosse team. Other team members come from the New York metropolitan area and Connecticut.

In April, Predators 2023 participated in the qualifiers for the World Series Youth Lacrosse on Long Island. After many grueling games in freezing temperatures against the Northeast's top U13 teams, Predators 2023 secured their first-ever spot in the World Series of Youth Lacrosse (WSYL), which was held in Denver over the week of July 4.


Present at WSYL were the top 24 U13 teams in the world, who were all competing for the championship. Predators 2023 faced a tough bracket and fell short in the first game, losing to this year's finalist. Pre-game jitters, high temperatures, and altitude added to the challenge. In true Predators fashion, they never gave up and went 3-3 in the tournament, placing third in their bracket with wins against Team Israel, 91 Titans from Florida, and Walsh Park Warriors from Denver. Predators 2023 entered the World Series ranked 17 and finished with a world ranking of 12.


A banquet gala was held in Mile High Stadium, home of the Denver Broncos, where the team members donned their custom Predators Vineyard Vines ties for team pictures that were taken on the 50-yard line. Being in Mile High Stadium was especially fun for the young Bronxville lacrosse players.


Yorktown native and current Bronxville resident Mike McCall founded the Predators lacrosse program in 2013. McCall, who played for UNC, joined head coach Gary Raniolo and assistant coach Eric Cooley on the journey to Denver. The dedication of this trio of coaches was instrumental in the boys' success.

Lacrosse starts from the ground up and the boys acknowledged the effort put in to their lacrosse skills development by the Bronxville Youth Lacrosse Association and Bronxville school coaches, including Bronxville modified coach Tom Sanders, who was the starting All-American goalie for Bucknell from 1975 to 1979. Predator player Nick George was overheard saying, "I want to give a shout-out to Mr. Sanders for telling us to keep our heads up when dodging."


Pictured here: The Predators 2023 team in action and posing for photos in Mile High Stadium.

Photos by Quintin George  

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