Ocean City Today

Annual Ocean City Lacrosse Classic to kick off Thursday

By Kara Hallissey | Aug 10, 2017

(Aug. 11, 2017) More than 2,000 lacrosse players on 72 teams will compete in the 25th annual Ocean City Lacrosse Classic next weekend.

The tournament takes place Aug. 17-20 in three locations at Northside Park on 125th Street, at Fourth Street across from the skate park and at the Northern Worcester County Athletic Complex off Route 113 in Berlin.

“Teams are psyched,” Tournament Director Bob Musitano said. “It’s a well-attended event for men and women. We pick up some of the pros, high school players and a lot of college kids. You see some really good lacrosse and its free to come watch.”

The 42 Men’s Elite (18 and older) division teams, six Master’s (30 and older) crews, 13 Supermaster’s squads (40 and older) and four Men’s King Neptune (50 and older) teams kick off the lacrosse action on Thursday, Aug. 17, at Northside Park on 125th Street from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the Northern Worcester County Athletic Complex off Route 113 in Berlin from noon to 5 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, games will take place in both locations, with tournaments beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing into the evening hours.

The Women’s Elite (18 and older) competition will include seven teams competing next Friday at Fourth Street across from the skate park and Northside Park in Ocean City, beginning at noon.

Championship games will be played Sunday, Aug. 20, at Northside Park. Men will compete from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Women finish out the tournament from 9 a.m. to noon.

“Each team plays a minimum of four games and you can still make the playoffs even if you lose the first game,” Musitano said. “You could even win the whole thing if you hang in there and keep playing.”

The annual lacrosse tournament has grown in participation almost every year with spectators able to catch at least 183 action-packed games throughout the weekend, Musitano added.

“They are playing for bragging rights and its funny how these guys really want that,” Musitano said. “It’s fun and they have a blast doing it. You will see some of the best lacrosse in the country on Sunday.”

Teams consist of athletes from all over the country, with some playing in professional leagues in addition to a mix of players from states including California, New York, Colorado, Florida, Washington D.C., Texas, Virginia, Massachusetts and Maryland.

“A small community of lacrosse men and women come every year from all over,” Musitano said. “A lot of players bring their families.”

A portion of the proceeds from the Classic help fund scholarships at Stephen Decatur High School in Berlin for student-athletes and youth teams. Musitano said $4,000 was awarded at Decatur last year, where he is the former girls’ varsity head lacrosse coach.

“We try to give back to the community by awarding base scholarships to well-rounded students who have achievements on and off the field,” Musitano said. “The community rallies around this tournament. It’s a lot of fun and everyone looks forward to it every year.”

For more information about the Classic, or for a schedule of games, visit www.OCLaxClassic.org.

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