Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/9/15
From Press Release
As preseason high school lacrosse practice gets started around the Delaware Valley, NXTsports and the Inter-Ac member schools are proud to announce a new postseason boys’ lacrosse tournament, the 2015 Inter-Ac Challenge.
The Inter-Ac Challenge will feature the six-member schools of the Inter-Ac League along with six invited guest schools. The Inter-Ac League is perhaps the most competitive high school boys lacrosse league in the country and the Inter-Ac Challenge will be a marquee event reflecting the level of play on the field.
The semifinal and final rounds of the Inter-Ac Challenge will take place at PPL Park in Chester, the home of the Philadelphia Union and one of the nation’s most elite lacrosse venues. The semifinals and finals will also be broadcast live on the Comcast Network with replays subsequently airing on Comcast Sportsnet.
Additionally, the 2015 Inter-Ac Challenge is run completely for charity. All net proceeds will go to the event’s charitable partners, the Wounded Warrior Foundation and Jefferson’s Comprehensive Concussion Center.
“NXT is excited to launch the Inter-Ac Challenge,” NXT Director of Showcase Lacrosse and Inter-Ac Challenge Coordinator Brett Manney said. “The Inter-Ac is the best league in the state of Pennsylvania and one of the top two or three leagues in the country.
“To have this level of high school lacrosse competition in our backyard is incredible, and we’re thrilled to create and run this event for charity on behalf of the Inter-Ac member schools. Additionally, NXT would like to thank Global Spectrum and the Philadelphia Union, Comcast Sportsnet, and the Proving Grounds complex for working with us to make this event a reality.”
The tourney will replace the Inter-Ac Invitational, which was held at Cabrini College.
The specific format and schedule for the 2015 Inter-Ac Challenge is as follows:
Inter-Ac member institutions (listed alphabetically): Episcopal Academy, Germantown Academy, Haverford School, Malvern Prep, Penn Charter and Springside Chestnut Hill Academy.
Guest schools (listed alphabetically): Academy of the New Church, Hill School, Hun School, Lawrenceville School, Shipley School and Westtown School.
The top four seeds will earn a bye to the quarterfinal, while the eight other teams will play a preliminary round game on the higher seed’s campus on Monday, May 11. The quarterfinals will be played at the Proving Grounds in Conshohocken on Wednesday, May 13. The Challenge’s semifinal games will take place Friday, May 15 at PPL Park in Chester at 5 and 7:30 p.m.. The Inter-Ac Challenge championship will also be held at PPL Park on Monday, May 18 at 7 p.m.
The 12 participating schools will be seeded based on a combination of regular season results, overall regular season record and LaxPower.com power rankings.