By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 9/19/11
The LXM PRO Tour will make its second stop at Radnor High on Sunday, Oct. 9.
The event begins at noon with a pro lacrosse game that will feature such big-name players as Mikey Powell, Kyle Harrison, Zack Greer, Shamel & Rhamel Bratton, Sean Morris, Brett Hughes, Chris Passavia, Matt Alrich, Sean Lindsay, Greg Peyser, Chazz Woodson, Lewis Ratcliff, Brandon Corp, Trey Whitty, Maxx Davis, and locally Max Ritz (Radnor) and Brett Moyer (Ridley).
Ritz, along with brother Xander Ritz and as well as fellow Maryland alums Scott and Craig Hochstadt and Johns Hopkins grad Kyle Harrison, initially created LXM/Pro to help promote lacrosse in non-traditional hotbeds. They have expanded some of the tours to Eastern hotbeds; they held an event July 4 weekend at the Under Armour All-American Games.
The LXM events feature a mixture of pro lacrosse, live music, youth clinics on many skills and interaction between lacrosse fans in a carnival-type atmosphere. There also will be numerous vendors. Last year’s event at Radnor drew over 3,400 people.
Here is the lowdown on this year’s event:
When: Sunday, Oct. 9, starts at noon with music, then pro game and then clinics.
Where: Radnor High
Ticket Prices: $15 for general admission, $60 for extra-access activities pass, such as VIP-field seating. For registration. click here.
Musical entertainment: OCD Moosh and Twist & Fortune Family will be performing. Both are young up and coming artists from the Philadelphia/Main Line area and have bright futures as musicians.
Teams playing: Official rosters will be named shortly; will be an East vs. West format based on home towns.
Question: Being the 2nd Philly event, we assume the first one was a success. What are your expectations for this one as far as how many people and what type of crowd?
Xander Ritz: “The first one was a big time event for us. We had 3,400 in attendance and the event was a blast according to all who were in attendance. The game was equally entertaining as New Balance beat Monster, 10–9, on a late 4th-quarter goal by Jimmy Borell.”
Question: Once again you get to come home to Radnor and Philly … how is it to get that opportunity?
Xander Ritz: “Honestly, it’s an amazing experience. You can take the kid out of Philly, but can’t take the Philly out of the kid. We are huge Philly sports fans so to bring our event back to our home town and feel a part of the Philadelphia sports scene for a weekend is really a great experience for us. Getting a chance to reconnect with so many old friends and family and showcase the sports best athletes in front of the local lacrosse community is exciting. We’re lucky to have such great local support; last year was a evidence of that support.”
Question: Again, what was the purpose of creating LXM/Pro and have you been meeting your goals in the past 13 months since Philly1?
Xander Ritz: “The purpose of LXM PRO is pretty simple: we are focused on growing the sport and providing a platform for players and fans to interact. For players to showcase their talent, fans to be excited by that skill level, and hopefully in the process excite a few people who maybe weren’t sure how they felt about the game going into the event.
“Adding things like music, clinics, vendor villages and the like only add to the day and make it a fun atmosphere. The cool thing about each event we have done is you feel a unity of the lacrosse community there. It’s an excuse for every supporter or fan of the sport to come together and be at an event that’s catered to the lacrosse player/fan.
“We’ve learned a lot in the past year, made some mistakes, had our share of successes as well. We’re excited about the direction we are moving in, we’ve had some great events this year. Orange County in June was crazy. All of SoCal turned out and it made for an electric experience. It’s cool to see how our players interact with kids at the clinic. It’s a major focus of the event and the guys get fired up to work with the kids. In OC we had over 250 kids out on the field before the game working with some of the best players to have ever played the game.”