Sean Chamberlain and George Breres stood side-by-side, leaning over the fence at UMass’ Richard F. Garber Field, and wearing identical subdued smiles while watching a game during the inaugural Warrior All-America Games.
The duo, which co-founded Dynamic Sports Management, had every reason to be happy about the tournament. Nearly 600 players, primarily from up and down the East Coast and Texas, made the trek to UMass for a tournament that lived up to the vision that Chamberlain and Breres had.
“There’s so much club stuff, but nothing that ties in everybody across the country at the youth level,” Chamberlain said. “We just wanted an event where we could get the best kids possible, especially in Year 1. In Year 2, we’d like to take it to another level and represent everyone, and we’d especially love to have more people from the Midwest and West Coast. We think this could eventually be a 75-team, 2,000-player event.”
It’s off to a great start. The tournament featured divisions from 2021 through 2025 with Long Island powering to championships in every division but 2023. Mid-Atlantic did the honors in that one. Next year, Long Island will likely be split into two teams in order to make things even more competitive for everyone. The 2021 division will also return, making for two high school divisions, and the youngest division will be 2027. It’ll be another step in the right direction for the event, and really, the sky is the limit at this point. Every player was exclusively outfitted in Warrior gear, from helmets to gloves and bags.
“Everyone really pulled all of their resources together to make it a super event,” Chamberlain said. “Warrior has always done well by us and they made sure we could get the best stuff for the kids. UMass was also a great location because of the rich history with the lacrosse program and the easy access for people to be able to get there. Most people were able to get there by car or ferry. We’ll be back at UMass next year.”
Bigger and even better, too.
2021’s Who Impressed at the Warrior All-America Games
DJ Batton, A, South / Apex (N.C.)
Name a way to score and Batton probably did it. Guard him at X, and he’ll start the washing machine’s spin cycle on you. Give him time and space on the wings and he’ll crank home a shot. Dare him to beat you in traffic, and he’s got the handle to make you pay. Pay too much attention to him and he’ll thread a great pass to one of his teammates. He had three goals in the third quarter in the semifinals as the South came back from a three-goal deficit. The North Carolina native was almost impossible to check and he had his way with more than one defender.
Sebastian Birse, D, Tri-State / Westfield (N.J.), Leading Edge
Size and speed combo: Check. A long, lanky defenseman with plenty of room to fill out, Birse has the athleticism to cover just about anybody. He takes one stride while an attackman takes three, which allows him to shut his guy down. In the semifinals, a South attackman thought it’d be a good idea to go to the net with Birse coming across on a slide. It was not a good idea. Birse is physical and can also handle the ball well, and he punctuated his excellent tournament with a great goal in transition.
Hugh Brown, M, Mid-Atlantic / Baltimore Crabs
Brown made a great initial impression, going off for three goals and a helper in the tournament opener, and he continued to be one of the Mid-Atlantic’s biggest point producers throughout the tournament. He’s a strong dodger who has the ability to shoot either way, but he’s also a tough, gritty and dependable two-way middie who doesn’t shy away from his defensive responsibilities.
Chris Cappelmann, F/O, Long Island / Smithtown East (N.Y.)
Cappelmann already has decent size, especially for a face-off guy, and he was absolutely dominant for the tournament champions. The Face-Off Academy and Team 91 product was almost automatic on the clamp and was also able to push guys around physically in the battle for ground balls. He’s got some work to do to clean up his stick when he has the ball, but that’s to be expected. The important thing is that he won nearly every face-off. In the semifinals, Mid-Atlantic had all of one first-half possession, thanks to the tournament all-star’s dominance.
Tyler Gatz, M, Long Island / Team 91
Cocky isn’t the right word to describe Gatz, but supremely confident should do it. If I had a shot like he does, I’d feel pretty good about myself, too. The tournament all-star hammers the ball, frequently opting for a low-to-high cross-body stick-side rip. On one play in the semifinals, he barely dodged to his right and effortlessly snapped a screamer that found twine a hair under the bar. He’s got the ability to score in tight, too, and he’s got huge upside as a big-time offensive midfielder.
George Murray, LSM, South / Myers Park (N.C.)
Murray has a lot of prototypical LSM qualities and he was the South’s most active defender all tournament. On one play, he executed a perfect double team to cause a turnover, smoothly picked the ball up in traffic and breezed by the ride to dump it off to an attackman. He’s also got plenty of offensive skill as he fired home four goals during the tournament, and he’s very smart and reads the play well. When he’s staring down a dodger, he doesn’t cede much room and forces shooters down the alleys away from the net. Murray has the athleticism and frame to develop into a top-flight LSM.
Andrew McAdorey, M, Long Island / Chaminade (N.Y.)
McAdorey was all over the field for Long Island, doing a little bit of everything to assert himself as one of the best middies at the event. He garnered a spot on the tournament all-star team by showcasing terrific vision, explosive dodging ability and a solid shot. He can score from in tight, too, and he was strong on the wings to help Cappelmann and Long Island control the face-offs. His best asset, however, might have been that he’s always hustling, even when his team is in control of games.
Ethan Robinette, M, South / Matthews (N.C.), Team Carolina
It’s hard not to like what Robinette brings to the table because he does so much. He’s very reliable on the wings and he plays strong defense, but he’s also comfortable attacking the cage with either hand. On one play, he pickpocketed a midfielder up top, grabbed the ground ball, then dusted everyone to set up the South offense. On others, he had a couple of BTB goals to highlight his offensive creativity.
Johnny Schwarz, M, Long Island / Team 91
Watch a possession or two and Schwarz’ feeding ability immediately stands out. He’s incredibly confident with the ball in his stick and never panics under pressure, and he does a wonderful job of finding open teammates. He anticipates very well and puts the ball where his teammates can make a play, and he capped it off with an eight-point performance in the title game. He’s no one-trick pony, though. Schwarz proved that he can let it fly down the alley and he had a couple of really nice defensive sequences, including one particularly impressive in the championship game.
Jake Wilson, D, Long Island / Team 91
Bring full-body armor and some ice packs for afterward when you’re squaring off with Wilson. You’re not going to have a real good time. A big, physical presence on the back end for Long Island, Wilson is mean and scary. He throws big checks with his stick and isn’t above dropping a shoulder on an unsuspecting attackman. For a bigger kid, the tournament all-star has got the quick feet and agility that everybody loves, and he was a man amongst boys at Warrior.
Nikolas Allen, D, Texas
Henry Alpaugh, M, Tri-State
Griffin Cooling, A, South
Connor Fitzgerald, M, Mid-Atlantic
Matt Keegan, A, Long Island
Keith LaPierre, G, Mid-Atlantic
Craig Morgan, G, South
Mason Oak, G, Long Island
Paul Reidy, G, Texas
Charlie Schulhof, G, Tri-State
Tyler Schwarz, LSM, Long Island
Ryan Trapasso, F/O/M, Tri-State
William Walsh, G, South