Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/14/10
Many Philly teams are participating Saturday and Sunday in a lacrosse tournament in Wildwood, which is believed to be the first organized beach lacrosse tourney ever in the United States.
Fifty-one teams from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and New York will compete in youth, high school and open divisions for men and women. The tourney was developed by the group services team of Morey’s Piers.
Nick Lassor, events and entertainment planner for Morey’s Piers, was part of a team that traveled to Den Haag in the Netherlands to learn to run a beach lacrosse tournament.
The tourney is part of a major event called the Beach Blast soccer tournament, which began last weekend and will bring nearly 1,000 soccer teams to the Wildwood beach at Mariner’s Landing pier.
The rules for the lacrosse games have been adjusted to better fit the beach. The field is shorter (30 yards by 40 yards), teams will play 5-on-5 and halves are 18 minutes long. Four games will go on at a time. Teams will play three games with a fourth possible playoff game.
Divisions are running will run from U-11 to U-18.
The boys’ youth divisions include teams from Interboro Young Bucs and West Chester Storm while youth girls’ teams include Springfield Blaze, Coventry Wildcats and Ridley Girls. The Men’s open division includes Villanova Alumni (NY), and Chalfont Wrecking Crew and Pride Just Relay from the Philly area. Ridley also has a team entered in the girls’ U-18 division.
The games, open to the public, will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. The Philadelphia Wings are expected to make an appearance on Saturday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The winners will go home with a tiki mask championship trophy.
Most teams signed up through a popular Facebook Fan Page and admission includes rides and waterpark passes to Morey’s Piers Friday through Sunday and beach camping Friday and Saturday night.