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1,400 youth to compete in lacrosse Space Needle Shootout in Tukwila

U-18 lacrosse players from Bellevue, right, and Coquitlam, British Columbia, go head-to-head at the 2012 Space Needle Shootout at Tukwila
U-18 lacrosse players from Bellevue, right, and Coquitlam, British Columbia, go head-to-head at the 2012 Space Needle Shootout at Tukwila's Starfire Sports Complex. Bellevue defeated Coquitlam 6-5 in overtime to capture the tournament's 2012 title. More than 1,300 youth visited Tukwila for the 2012 event.
— image credit: Michael Jardine

More than 1,400 youth, middle and high school-aged lacrosse players, including many of the top NCAA prospects in the Northwest, will converge on Tukwila this weekend for the 10th annual Space Needle Shootout.

Taking place at the Starfire Sports Complex on  Friday through Sunday (Dec. 6 – Dec. 8) the annual event presented by the WALAX.com has grown with the sport to become the region’s largest lacrosse tournament with 72 individual teams from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia taking part in the annual event.

“The Tukwila community is thrilled to host over 1,400 of the Northwest’s top youth lacrosse players and their families at this weekend’s Space Needle Shootout,” said Tukwila City Council member Kate Kruller in a press release.  "Youth sports and activities play a vital role in bringing our community together in healthy ways. This is also great way to both showcase our greens spaces for sports and experience our vibrant urban center that has everything visiting families need for a weekend stay."

Along with play at the youth (U-12), and middle school (U-14) levels, the tournament attracts players from many of the top high school lacrosse teams in the region at the U-16 and U-18 levels along with representatives from a number of colleges and college recruiting events.

Among those in attendance this weekend will be University of Denver men’s lacrosse Coach Bill Tierney, who will be conducting youth and high school coaching education clinics at the event.

Tournament play gets under way Friday at 5 p.m. and continues until 9 p.m. Games on Saturday take place from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., while Sunday’s competition also gets under way at 9 a.m. with the U-16 and U-18 championship games taking place at 1 p.m. and the U-12 and U-14 title games getting under way at 2 p.m.

Admission throughout the weekend is free.

The  Starfire Sports Complex is at 14800 Starfire Way, Tukwila.

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