Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/30/14
The Wasatch Lacrosse Club (UT) will make a trip east for the second straight year to play elite boys’ club teams and compete in the Tri-State National tournament in early July.
On July 9 the team is expected to take a trip up to the Lehigh Valley to tour DeSales, Muhlenberg and Lehigh universities before playing the Duke’s Lacrosse Club (PA) in a scrimmage at Chestnut Hill College at 6 p.m.
On Thursday Wasatch will tour local colleges and universities in Philadelphia and then head back to CHC for a scrimmage against Twist Black at 6 p.m.
That weekend Wasatch will compete in the Tri-State National lacrosse festival in the Princeton (NJ) area.
“Last year, this trip served to be an evaluation of our players’ talents and playmaking ability,” said Wasatch GM and coach Adam Eddinger, also an assistant coach at Chestnut Hill College and Wasatch club co-founder. “It’s also a bonding experience for players who wouldn’t normally play together and young men who wouldn’t normally hang out together (due to distance, 450 miles separates our northern and southern most players).
“Our young men played hard for each other, made life long friendships and represented their state of Utah with pride. We travel to different states, play different competition and tour NCAA Division i, II and III colleges/universities to give the team a next level experience. I’m excited to give a new group of kids a great week back east.”
Wasatch began play Sunday in the Vail Lacrosse Shootout in the HS U-19 Division.
The 2014 Wasatch team is sending 15 players to college lacrosse programs, 12 of them being MCLA Division I schools and three more to NCAA D1 schools.
“After last year we learned that our team has the athletes to compete with some of the top clubs in the country,” said Wasatch co-head coach and director Ricky Larkin. “Utah has come a long way over the last 10 years, and our team has used their experience to realize that they can actually go play with some of the best players and fulfill their dreams of playing at the collegiate level.
“Playing back east competition will continue to build our players’ confidence, which hopefully will eventually make Utah a destination for college recruiting.”