Nationals present tough challenge

Bottom row from left: Dakota Vorbroker, Blaine Wilson, Taggert Rusk, Austin Casati, Jake Nutter, Jack Donnelly, Nick Luker, Chad Kittaka and Cameron Bender; Top row from left: Coach Matt Garvey, David Bedich, Matthew Jost, Max Shores, John Rusyniak, Griffin Gallant, Brandon Stoeffler, Wyatt Cambell, Alex Butterfield and Coach Dan Gray. (Photo submitted)

Bottom row from left: Dakota Vorbroker, Blaine Wilson, Taggert Rusk, Austin Casati, Jake Nutter, Jack Donnelly, Nick Luker, Chad Kittaka and Cameron Bender; Top row from left: Coach Matt Garvey, David Bedich, Matthew Jost, Max Shores, John Rusyniak, Griffin Gallant, Brandon Stoeffler, Wyatt Cambell, Alex Butterfield and Coach Dan Gray. (Photo submitted)

After sweeping the United States Lacrosse Regional Championships in all divisions (U11, U13 and U15) the U15 Green Machine team traveled to Orlando, Fla. to compete in USL’s National U15 Championships.

Fifty-six youth lacrosse teams competed in the fifth annual USL Under-15 National Championship, powered by Lacrosse Unlimited, from July 26 through 28 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Nationals presented Green Machine with its toughest competition yet as powerhouses from around the nation gathered for three days of great lacrosse. A young Green Machine team finished 1-5 on the weekend.

“This is a great measuring stick for our players of what lacrosse looks like at its highest level. We expect to be back here soon, as the majority of our team still has another year of eligibility. This was a great experience,” Coach Dan Gray said.

Green Machine players include: JJ Bogner, Austin Casati, Jack Donnelly and Chad Kittaka of Carmel; David Bedich, Luke Dennen, Griffen Gallant and Tag Rusk of Cathedral; Alex Butterfield and Max Shores of Fishers; Branden Stoeffler of Hamilton Southeastern; Matt Jost and Blaine Wilson of Noblesville; and Cameron Bender, Wyatt Campbell, Nick Luker, Jake Nutter, John Rusyniak and Dakota Vorbroker of Zionsville.