The latest World Series of Youth Lacrosse/Inside Lacrosse 13U World Rankings are based on participation in the World Series of Youth Lacrosse Championship Series that took place in Denver, Colo., over July 2-4, 2018. The competition featured the top 24 13U teams from around the world.
All U.S. teams advanced to Denver from one of six Regional Qualifiers that took place during Spring 2018 throughout the United States. Once in Denver, they squared off against each other and a select group of international teams for an unforgettable week of lacrosse that culminated with the 13U World Championship Game.
The WSYL Championship Game featuring Team 91 Bandits vs. Long Island Express was played at Broncos Stadium at Mile High and broadcast live on ESPN2 on July 4, 2018. Team 91 Bandits topped the Express 13-9 in front of nearly 5,000 people cheering live at Broncos Stadium and hundreds of thousands of people tuning in from home. The rankings below reflect the final results and standings of the 2018 WSYL Championship Series. All teams included in this ranking meet the WSYL’s age and roster rules, which require that all players must be born after 8/31/2004, live within 100 miles of their team’s home field and regularly play within that program.
The Nissan WSYL/IL World Rankings will next be updated prior to the start of the 2019 WSYL U.S. Regional Qualifiers and will feature a new crop of 13U teams based on the 2018-2019 age eligibility cutoff of 9/1/2005. Regional expert opinions will be used in conjunction with WSYL’s existing roster verification process to determine the rankings. The Spring 2019 U.S. Regional Qualifier dates have been announced and can be found at www.worldseriesofyouthlacrosse.com. To find out if your team is eligible for the Nissan WSYL/IL World Rankings, email email@example.com to nominate your team.
Nissan WSYL/IL 13U World Rankings
Honorable Mention: BBL Elite (N.J.), Mad Dog West (Calif.), Michigan Warriors (Mich.), Predators (N.Y.), Shore 2 Shore (N.Y.)
10. 3d Georgia (Ga.) After sweeping the competition in the South Regional Qualifier, 3d Georgia more than held its own at their first Championship Series appearance, finishing with a 4-2 overall record. Previous Rank: 7
9. True Illinois (Ill.) The second WSYL first-timer to crack the Top 10, True Illinois is the highest ranked Midwest team in world rankings history. While narrowly missing the playoffs in their WSYL debut, True Illinois proved themselves as a bona fide contender after finishing the Championship Series with a 4-2 overall with narrow losses to No. 7 Team Colorado Outlaws (5-4 final score) and No. 5 Igloo Black Diamond (9-7 final score). True also posted a WSYL-leading 3.5 goals against average. True Illinois was led by All-World players Ben Johnston (midfield), Michael Frieri (face-off) and John Carrabine (LSM). Previous Rank: 5
8. Prime Time (N.Y.) Prime Time followed up their magical run in the 2017 WSYL Championship Series with another strong showing in 2018. Prime Time again clinched the playoffs before getting knocked off by No. 3 Evolve Elite in the Quarterfinals. The team’s top players were Tomas Delgado (midfield) and Justin Delucia (defense). Previous Rank: 12
7. Team Colorado Outlaws (Colo.) The top-ranked team representing the West Region, Team Colorado Outlaws climbed up the rankings after advancing to the Quarterfinals and finishing the Championship Series with an overall 4-3 record, with only losses coming to No. 2 Long Island Express, No. 5 Igloo Black and No. 6 Big 5. Team Colorado Outlaws were led by top players Tyler Olsen (midfield) and Alexander Fredrich (midfield). Previous Rank: 10
6. Big 5 (Pa.) After finishing second in the East Regional Qualifier, Big 5 lived up to expectations in Denver with its only two losses coming in close contests to No. 3 Evolve Elite in pool play and No. 1 Team 91 Bandits in the Quarterfinals. Big 5 capped off the Championship Series with a victory over No. 7 Team Colorado Outlaws in its consolation game. Big 5 was led by Patrick Jameison (goalie) and Alexander Nikolic (midfield). Previous Rank: 8
5. Igloo Black Diamond (N.Y.) Perennial powerhouse Igloo put forth another great showing at the Championship Series. Igloo finished pool play 5-0 with arguably the strongest performance of any team with quality wins over No. 9 True Illinois and No. 7 Team Colorado Outlaws. Igloo Black Diamond lost to No. 4 Next Level Spartans in a narrow 12-9 Quarterfinals loss, but rebounded with another solid victory over No. 8 Prime Time in the final consolation game. Igloo’s top players included Connor Gately (attack) and Anthony Annunziata (midfield). Previous Rank: 6
4. Next Level Spartans (Md.) A first-time participant in the WSYL, Next Level Spartans turned a lot of heads on the world stage by finishing pool play with an impressive 4-1 record and knocking off No. 5 Igloo Black Diamond 12-9 in Quarterfinals. The Spartans ultimately fell to No. 2 Long Island Express in Semifinals. Next Level’s roster was as talented as any in the WSYL, led by All-World players Maliik Wood (attack), Pasha Hakimi (defense), Sam Whitehurst (midfield) and Will Abramson (defense). The sky is the limit for this entire team as they move forward with their lacrosse careers. Previous Rank: 2
3. Evolve Elite (Ont.) The first international team to crack the Top 5 in the World Rankings and the program’s highest ranking (topping last year’s No. 7 finish), Evolve Elite truly busted the WSYL Championship Series bracket after its impressive performance in Denver. After advancing to the playoffs with a 4-1 record, Evolve beat No. 8 Prime Time 8-6 in Quarterfinals and lost to No. 1 Team 91 Bandits in the Semifinals. Evolve was led by Carson Christy (midfield) and Wyatt Wiggins (LSM). Previously Unranked
2. Long Island Express (N.Y.) The defending World Champions came up a few goals short in the WSYL Championship against Team 91, but otherwise dominated the competition throughout the Championship Series. Prior to the Championship Game, LI Express had amassed a 7-0 record, outscoring opponents 89-23. The Express were led by former star MLL player A.J. Haugen (Head Coach) and players Philip Verdi (goalie), Justin McMahon (attack), Jason Lamay (defense), Patrick Carragher (attack) and Michael Rooney (midfield). Previous Rank: 3
1. Team 91 Bandits (N.Y.) The team that began atop of the preseason World Rankings last fall finished right where they started after sweeping the 2018 North Regional Qualifier and Championship Series — earning the undisputed world title in the process. Led by Long Island Lizards Head Coach Joe Spallina and top players Jake Spallina (face-off), Jack Ponzio (attack), Matthew Bove (Defense) and Jack Speidell (attack), the Bandits outscored opponents 96-39 over 8 grueling games in Denver against the world’s toughest competition. The Bandits earned Team 91 NY its second world title since the WSYL was founded in 2015 and is the only program to win multiple world championships. Previous Rank: 1