Bulldog Brawl 2020
Bulldog Brawl saw 123 teams from 26 clubs come together in five New Hampshire cities from July 21-22 in an elite lacrosse competition. The tournaments allowed everyone the chance to challenge themselves against key goals and personal benchmarks, especially important as lacrosse opportunities have become a rarity in the face of the pandemic.
The age range went from the Class of 2021 to the Class of 2028.
Games were played in Pembroke, Epping, Holderness, Manchester and Bedford, with most divisions playing in one place all event long. Pembroke’s NH Soccer Complex hosted at least a portion of the 2028, 2027, 2026 A, 2025 A, 2025 AA, 2024 A and 2024 AA divisions, while The Holderness School in Holderness held at least some of the 2023 A, 2023 AA, 2022 A, 2022 AA, 2021 A and 2021 AA divisions. Derryfield School in Manchester had 2026 AA and some 2023 A and 2023 AA play, while Seacoast United Outdoor Complex in Epping saw some 2027 and some 2024 AA action.
Plenty of teams found success at Bulldog Brawl. Twenty teams went undefeated over the two days, and 15 of those won all four of their respective games. 4Leaf had the most undefeated squads across all the divisions with six, a great testament to the level of development the club has provided its players in recent years. Behind 4Leaf was Gorilla with three, putting on a strong showing of its own at another youth lacrosse event. NH Tomahawks, Kings and CT Valley were the other clubs to finish with more than one unbeaten side.
This was a big chance for teams and players to evaluate themselves after having had a long time off since last competing on the field. The opportunity to compete against their peers this summer was crucial for knowing what next steps are needed for further growth and development.
Other clubs that entered at least one team in Bulldog Brawl were Boston Kings, Coyotes, Penguins, Houlagans, Hawks, Mountaineers, RI Bulldogs, HGR, 3d NE South, Savage, 3d Bears, Arsenal, Clams, Catamount, LC MTN, CT Oilers, Harlem Lacrosse Boston, Prospectors, EB Lacrosse, Mohawks LC and MXB Prep.
For clubs that stacked wins or losses, the benefit of playing at Bulldog Brawl remained unchanged. With every team getting to play multiple games against quality competition in safe environment, particularly in times like these, the experience couldn’t have been better for everyone who played, coached and attended the event’s 2020 iteration.