Smoking Regs Coming To OC In Summer ’15; Council Votes 4-3 To Institute Restricted Areas

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OCEAN CITY – A majority of the City Council voted this week to move forward a new law that will restrict smoking on Ocean City’s beach and Boardwalk to designated smoking locations.

This week’s decision served as a follow-up to a Mayor and City Council work session in April when city staff was directed to present an implementation plan to impose smoking restrictions on Ocean City’s beach and Boardwalk. Following that meeting, a peer committee was established to devise a plan of action, develop enforcement criteria and prepare draft legislation.

Planner Bob Nelson presented the Smoking Committee’s suggestion for the council to weigh three options — do nothing, regulate smoking to designated smoking areas either year-round or seasonal or ban smoking on the beach and Boardwalk all together. E-cigarettes are not included in the proposals.

“We have two major concerns; health concerns and littering has become a major issue, and a major complaint on the Boardwalk,” Nelson said.

Nelson explained the Public Works Department has been receiving an increasing number of complaints over cigarette butt litter on the beach and Boardwalk. He added the town is also receiving an increasing number of complaints over smoking in general and the associated health issues.

“We have had some calls … where people are telling me they are going to other beaches because we still allow smoking on our beach and Boardwalk,” Nelson said.

The committee conducted extensive research, including local public outreach. A message regarding proposed smoking regulations was placed on the town’s website and public access channel from late June through July 20, asking for the public’s opinion. Over a period of five weeks, there were 37 comments received. Of those, 30 people were supportive of some kind of restrictions on smoking. The other seven people were against any controls over smoking in public.

The Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association took its own survey among its members during the spring season, resulting in 60 percent of respondents favoring regulating smoking.

The Ocean City Development Corporation’s Boardwalk Committee discussed smoking regulations at its meeting on Aug. 6 and voted to ban smoking on the beach and Boardwalk with health issues and littering being the main reasons.

The Smoking Committee suggested if the council chose to regulate designated smoking areas on the beach to keep the ash receptacles near the dune. It suggested for the Boardwalk placing designated smoking sites every 2-3 streets. However, the committee did point out if smoking was limited on the beach and/or Boardwalk it would force smokers to move to the streets near businesses.

At this week’s meeting, Rehoboth Beach Commissioner Stan Mills came before the council to give a report on that resort’s newly implementing smoking law over this past summer.

Currently, Fenwick Island, Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach and Rehoboth Beach and Delaware state parks have either smoking bans or regulated smoking in place on the beach.

The City of Rehoboth Beach voted in early March to ban smoking from its Boardwalk and bandstand area and limited smoking to designated smoking areas on the beach effective May 15. First offenders are issued a warning and subsequent offenders are issued a $25 civil fine.

In Rehoboth, there are no more than 20 designated smoking areas along the beach during the summer season and they are at least 40 feet from the dune entrances. The designated smoking areas are marked by a sign and include a cigarette disposal container. Smoking is allowed in a semi-circle within a 12-foot radius of the sign. From Oct. 1 to April 30, the number of designated smoking areas along the beach drops down to four, and the summer operation goes back into effect starting May 1.

Mills reported since May 15 the Rehoboth issued 300 verbal warning and three written citations.

“When the commission discussed this program, we said that we do not want heavy handedness. This is going to be more of an informational process where the police go up to somebody who has been identified as smoking a tobacco product, they inform them that they are not allowed to smoke in the area, and more importantly tell them where they can go to smoke,” Mills said.

Mills challenges include smokers congregating on street ends, where the dividing line of smoking and non-smoking lies, smoke wafting into nearby businesses and an increase of cigarette butt littering in those areas. The other problem is false reports of smoking caused by e-cigarettes. The commission will re-elevate the new law in the next month to address the issues.

“In my perspective, I received more thanks than negativity. Even 99 percent of the smokers that wrote have said they understand this is the wave of the future but at least give some areas and tell us where we can smoke, and that is the route we have chosen to go to achieve the balance between smokers and non-smokers … and I personally deem it successful,” Mills said.

Agreeing with implementing a regulatory standard, Councilman Joe Mitrecic made a motion to move toward ordinance form as of May 1, 2015 to implement regulating smoking on the beach and Boardwalk year-round by providing designated smoking areas.

With the options the Smoking Committee submitted, regulating smoking on the Boardwalk could result 21 designated sites. Receptacles would be positioned mostly along the eastern side of the Boardwalk, south of 7th Street, to place some distance between smokers and the businesses. There is a concrete section adjacent to the Boardwalk where receptacles could be effective. North of 7th Street, receptacles could be placed at the street’s end, on the Boardwalk, adjacent to existing wood fencing.

For designated smoking areas on the beach, approximately 156 red, 22-gallon metal ash cans could be placed at each street intersecting the beach, near beach entry points on the east side of the dune with the purchase of 14 replacement containers for a total of 170 cans. The metal receptacle will have a tight lid with holes to allow smokers to drop their tobacco products through it. A sticker would be placed on each red metal receptacle reading “Please Smoke Within 50 Feet of Cigarette Receptacle.”

Lifeguard stand signs would be altered to explain any new regulations on smoking. Signs at the head of streets intersecting the beach and Boardwalk would also have text added to explain new smoking regulations.

Ocean City Police officers would be enforcing the restrictions with verbal or reminders/written warnings, with citations as a last resort in the amount from $25 to $1,000 only in a worst-case scenario.

Between $17,000 and $20,000 would need to be allocated to implement the initiative. Grants will be sought to fund the program.

“For me, I think that is making it too complicated. Ocean City has always been a leader in a lot of areas and I would like to see us ban entirely smoking on the beach and Boardwalk. It will save us money on signage. It will just be public awareness in banning smoking, that’s it,” Councilman Brent Ashley said.

Council President Lloyd Martin disagreed with an overall smoking ban.

“Moving forward with something like this [regulation] will be taking small steps and then re-evaluate it moving forward,” he said. “According to research, 20 percent of our visitors do smoke and we need to have somewhere for them to go. If we give them a place to go and they feel comfortable with that, they will self-regulate themselves. It’s not as complicated as you think.”

Council Secretary Mary Knight agreed with designated smoking areas on the beach but wanted to see a smoking ban on the Boardwalk.

“I envision people from the beach just walking a few steps, sitting on the seawall, or on the benches and smoking. I am also concerned about businesses on street ends,” she said. “You would have a Boardwalk that is smoke free and a beach with designated areas, and if I am on the Boardwalk I can walk very easily to that designated area on the beach. In a year, we can assess it and maybe then we can go total nonsmoking on the beach also.”

Councilman Dennis Dare said he has little doubt that eventually Ocean City will be smoke-free reviewing the evolution of cigarette smoking through the past.

“If we do it [ban], it is just going to take it [smoking] to the street ends. So, I am interested in trying the designated smoking areas. It has worked in our neighboring communities and re-assessing it on an annual basis,” he said.

Councilman Doug Cymek also agreed with designated smoking areas on the beach and Boardwalk.

“I do agree that we can’t just have people retreating to the seawall or the sides of the Boardwalk to smoke. We are going to have to come up with some designated spots. I do think people are going to self-regulate and we won’t have a whole lot of police intervention,” he said.

Councilwoman Margaret Pillas agreed smoking should be banned on the Boardwalk.

“Having had a store on the Boardwalk, when you start to smoke on those benches it goes into the store resulting in second hand smoke. I would like to see the motion include ban smoking on the Boardwalk and ramp area. I can certainly go along with designated areas on the beach,” she said.

Mayor Rick Meehan visited both Fenwick Island and Rehoboth Beach to witness the smoking policies in place. He explained Fenwick Island took a year to educate the public on an upcoming smoking ban on its beach mostly through distributing pamphlets during town events and locations.

This summer, Fenwick Island has posted no-smoking signs at each beach entrance on street ends with a cigarette butt disposal canister mounted on the sign itself.

Meehan continued he is in favor of Rehoboth Beach’s friendly no-smoking message postage on their signage. Signs on the boardwalk state, “Enjoy our Smoke-Free Boardwalk.”

“Both of the communities have been very successful and both of them have really stressed education and compliance rather than heavy handed enforcement. The way they went about it with signage and educational materials, if we are going to go in this direction, is the direction we want to go,” the mayor said, stating he is also in favor or regulating smoking on the beach. “I am concerned on the Boardwalk. Grouping people along the Boardwalk or street ends where people have to walk through are going to create a problem … I really don’t see a good place for designated areas along the Boardwalk. I think they are going to have to walk off of the Boardwalk to smoke.”

Mitrecic attempted to amend his motion to only regulate smoking to designated smoking areas on the beach, leaving the Boardwalk out of it until a consensus could be found on where smokers would go if a smoking ban took place on the Boardwalk.

Dare would not amend his second to the motion pointing out there are other areas along the Boardwalk other than the street ends and ramps where smokers can go.

Mitrecic let his original motion stand. The council voted 4-3 with Ashley, Knight and Pillas opposed to institute designated smoking areas on the beach and Boardwalk year-round starting May 1, 2015. Two readings of a proposed ordinance will follow in the next month allowing the public the opportunity to provide input.

Staff had prepared initial mapping of proposed designated smoking areas on the beach and Boardwalk and will present more details on those areas, such as signage and cigarette butt containers in future discussions.

Men Face Manslaughter Charges In Weekend Death; Fight Occurred Outside Downtown Sub Shop

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OCEAN CITY — Two local men were arrested on Tuesday and charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of a Pennsylvania man found unresponsive and unconscious in the parking lot of a downtown hotel early Sunday morning.

Around 3 a.m. on Sunday, OCPD officers responded to the parking lot of a hotel on 2nd Street to assist Ocean City EMS with an assault that had already occurred. Upon arrival, OCPD officers found the victim, later identified as Justin D. Cancelliere, 37, of North Whitehall, Pa., unconscious and unresponsive. First responders from the OCPD and the Ocean City Fire Department initiated emergency lifesaving procedures on the victim and transported him to AGH where he was later pronounced deceased. An autopsy was performed on Monday and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore has ruled the cause of Cancelliere’s death a homicide.

On Tuesday, Ocean City Police arrested Caleb Edwin-Earl Ochse, 27, and Christoher Blake Kendall, 22, both of Ocean City. Ochse was arrested at a West Ocean City seafood restaurant on Route 50 sometime on Tuesday. Kendall was taken into custody at the Public Safety Building in Ocean City, presumably after turning himself in.
Both have been charged with manslaughter, second degree assault, affray and reckless endangerment.
After a thorough investigation, OCPD detectives determined the assault occurred during an altercation outside Fat Daddy’s Sub Shop in the area of Talbot Street and Baltimore Ave.

According to several knowledgeable sources, Cancelliere and at least two friends started a verbal argument with Kendall initially and then Ochse. Sources close to the probe said the sub shop’s video shows Cancelliere harassing Kendall and that Ochse was reportedly standing up for him. The verbal jawing spilled outside where a physical altercation took place.

At some point during the fight, Cancelliere was put into a cab by his friends and emergency help was sought in the parking lot of the Plim Plaza Hotel. He later was pronounced dead at Atlantic General Hospital.

The defendants will have a bond hearing today at 1 p.m. at Worcester County District Court in Snow Hill

Man Loses Life In After-Hours Swim; Third Drowning In Ocean City This Summer

Photo by Shawn Soper

OCEAN CITY — An 18-year-old man lost his life in the ocean last night after he and a group went swimming near the Inlet jetty after the Ocean City Beach Patrol had called it a day. The fatality is the third ocean-related death this season and the first to occur when lifeguards were not on duty.

Shortly after 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 26, Ocean City Communications received a call for a swimmer in distress in the Inlet. First responders were immediately dispatched to the area, including Ocean City Fire Department (OCFD) rescue swimmers. In addition, several off-duty beach patrol employees were the first to the scene, arriving only minutes after the call.

According to witnesses, an 18-year-old male victim appeared to be stuck in a rip current and was having difficulty getting back to shore. Witnesses stated that at one point the victim was overtaken by a wave, submerged and did not resurface.

Ocean City Beach Patrol Surf Rescue Technicians (SRT) and OCFD rescue swimmers began a search of the area and located the victim approximately 13 minutes after the initial call. The victim was treated on scene by EMS personnel and then transported to Atlantic General Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

“As we enter into a very busy weekend, the Ocean City Beach Patrol reminds beachgoers to keep your feet in the sand until a lifeguard is in the stand. Due to the tropical storm activity, which is normal for this time of year, causing larger surf and increased rip current activity, swimming restrictions are likely to be put in effect. In addition, beach patrons should swim in front of a lifeguard and always check with a lifeguard to learn about the current ocean conditions,” Ocean City Communications Manager Jessica Waters said.



Mann’s ‘Vanishing Ocean City’ A Labor Of Love Detailing OC’s Rich History

Author Hunter “Bunk” Mann is pictured with his 220-page book that provides a rich documentation of Ocean City’s history. Photo by Travis Brown

OCEAN CITY — Eastern Shore native Hunter “Bunk” Mann has seen Ocean City change drastically just in his lifetime, prompting him to take a long look at the resort’s storied history. In his book, “Vanishing Ocean City,” Mann attempts to preserve that history from Ocean City’s start in the 1870s through today with the use of more than 500 photographs and 170-plus interviews.

All of the major moments of the town’s past are laid out in “Vanishing Ocean City.” The backgrounds of landmarks are explored, the storms and fires that shaped the area are remembered as are the people who have been a part of the resort’s past.

“I’m very proud of it,” Mann said of his 220-page finished project. “I have seven and a half years in it, actually a little more than that counting some of the photography I did. And I met some really, really great people. I said originally that even if I don’t sell a single copy it’s been worth it for the friends I’ve made and the people I’ve met.”

The seed for “Vanishing Ocean City” was planted when Mann noticed that many of the old hotels and motels he was familiar with from his childhood summers in the resort were being torn down. Mann decided to take pictures of the old buildings so he would have something to remember them by once they were gone. Eventually, he started to take more photographs of town landmarks and to search for older pictures from places already gone.

With photographs in hand, Mann considered doing some kind of “before-and-after” style book on Ocean City and decided to speak to the residents, business owners and community members that have called the resort home over the years. Some of his interview subjects, of which there were 171 total, have been on the shore for 80 or more years, and Mann said he was blown away by the experiences they have lived through.

“As I started interviewing people, I realized that the buildings were interesting, but the story really was about the people,” he said.

Born in Salisbury, Mann had a lot of his own experiences with Ocean City to add to the growing history book. From operating beach stands in the 1960s to bartending during college, Mann has held a variety of the quintessential summer jobs on the shore growing up. Mann remembers his summers in Ocean City fondly and didn’t want to let any of those moments disappear with the changing town.

That summarizes the spirit of “Vanishing Ocean City,” the title coming from a remark made by Mann’s mom while they were watching yet another demolition of an old building. Mann remembers that his mother felt the Ocean City she knew was “vanishing” at the time and he determined that even if it’s gone it won’t be forgotten.

Along with the hundreds of hours’ worth of interviews and first-hand accounts, Mann has dedicated a tremendous amount of time to research, especially of the town’s distant beginnings when eye witnesses weren’t available.

“I couldn’t find anybody that was alive in 1875 to interview,” he joked.

Much of the research was done in local libraries and newspaper archives. Mann was able to track the evolution of Ocean City from a small resort and fishing village to major tourism destination. He encountered some surprises and more than a few interesting facts during his exploration.

For example, the beach used to have military patrols during the early days of World War II with the government fearing that the Germans might decide to land an invasion force on Ocean City’s shores.

The famous storms like in March of 1962 and Sunfest disaster in 1994 were magnets for Mann’s interest. The granddaddy of all the extreme weather was the hurricane of 1933. That event completely re-shaped Ocean City by creating the Inlet.

Accompanying all of the personal stories and research are hundreds of images of the resort over more than a century. Many of the pictures have never been published before. They were taken from old postcards or documents or borrowed from family albums.

“To me a good history book is visual as well as written. When people pick this up, they go through it first, they look at the pictures,” Mann said.

Even the cover of “Vanishing Ocean City” is a slice of resort nostalgia. The illustration is one of Ocean City when it was smaller and simpler and typical beach attire tended to stretch from neck to ankle. The artist that did the original painting was Paul McGehee, a popular regional illustrator.

Mann also recognized his publisher Sandy Phillips’ contributions to “Vanishing Ocean City” as she was responsible for making his concept into a reality as well as organizing the layout of the manuscript.

The coffee table book has been selling well just through pre-orders, according to Mann, and is available for sale at a number of area businesses, a full list of which Mann will be advertising within the next week or two. “Vanishing Ocean City” is also available online at Mann will be holding a number of book signings in and around the resort over the next few weeks.

Because history never stops once the story is told, Mann hopes to continue writing about Ocean City in the years ahead. He has already started collecting the next batch of photographs.



City Council Tables Proposed Hotel’s Street Request

OCEAN CITY – A future hotel to be located south of the Route 90 Bridge had its request to convey and close the dead end of Seabay Drive in order to acquire required parking tabled this week due to neighbors’ concerns of losing public parking in the area.

On Monday evening, the Mayor and City Council held a public hearing to consider the closure and conveyance of a portion of Seabay Drive as well as to convey a portion of land along the west side of the neighboring tennis center property. The portion of Seabay Drive being discussed is a right hand turn off 61st Street on the west end of the tennis center but shortly comes to a dead end as it abuts Route 90.

City Engineer Terry McGean explained the developer, Inns of Ocean City, LLC, is building a Residence Inn and Suites by Marriott on the old OC Health and Racquet Club property and is interested in acquiring a portion of the Seabay Drive right-of-way between 61st Street and the state’s Route 90 right of way along with an adjacent 20-foot strip of land at the tennis center.

Representing the developer, attorney Joe Moore explained the initial site plan approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission placed the entrance to the hotel on Seabay Lane, which is an extension of 61st Street with the neighborhood of Trader’s Cove to its south and the hotel project to its north. The entrance was moved to the east side of the hotel on Seabay Drive to accommodate Trader’s Cove but in doing so the project lost a small portion of its required parking spaces. Because the project is in the Bayside Use District it is not entitled to request a parking exemption.

The new plan proposes an entrance on the corner of Seabay Lane and Seabay Drive cutting off the dead end of Seabay Drive at the point of entrance with three parking spaces running east to west and another three parking spaces caddy cornered running north to south along the tennis court. The remainder of the dead end would become a “green space” with landscaping.

“In this area Seabay Drive extends north across what was the acquisition of State Highway Administration for Route 90, and because Seabay Drive was there the engineers for the acquisition of Route 90 created what is a triangular area in the south of the actual traveled roadway along Route 90 what was probably one can speculate the intent to have an exit onto Seabay Drive and go east on 61st Street,” Moore said.

According to Moore, McGean has received approval from SHA District Engineer Donnie Drewer to convey the triangular piece of property to Ocean City but the request still has to go before the SHA office and that could take up to eight months.

“We have some plans that we believe will accommodate the city’s best interest,” said Moore, who is aiming to speed up the approval process by going through the city instead.

Besides creating a “green space” in the dead end of Seabay Drive, Moore pointed out Ocean City’s code will allow for the parking spaces located at the newly proposed entrance to be shared by both the hotel and the public.

“The way it is going to look for you parks and recreation area is going to be accommodated, marked as far as parking spaces, landscaped and a large green space, so we believe it is a win-win situation because even though you are granting us the right to use it in calculation of our parking we are granting the public parking right as well,” Moore said.

Councilman Joe Mitrecic didn’t find the proposal to be a fair trade.

“There are more parking spaces on Seabay Drive than the six that they are asking for by cutting it off. I count almost 10 spots if we leave it the way it is. To me it would make more sense for us to come up with some sort of agreement and leave Seabay Drive the way it is,” Mitrecic said. “I personally would be more inclined to work something out for Seabay Drive alone and not cut into our tennis court property. The project can continue on as is. The rooms can be completed and then outfitted once the state comes on.”

Moore interjected the project’s financing to be consummated next month is conditioned upon the hotel having 150 rooms with a mix of suites, which also requires the additional parking.

“We can’t proceed because the funding requires we have the right mix,” he said.

Councilman Dennis Dare pointed out part of the old OC Health and Racquet Club’s parking lot is in the triangular piece of land the state owns, which also includes an existing driveway entrance.

“If the developer of the hotel wanted to utilize that portion of Seabay Drive that is in the state right-of-way, they would have to go to District 1 and get an entrance permit,” Dare said, pointing out that process would take far less than eight months. “If you did that, it appears possibly that you could get your six additional parking places within your property … I am trying to figure it out so you don’t have to do anything to Seabay Drive until the state transfers in the future. I believe transferring property that we don’t need to the private sector or the tax base to be able to put it to better use is something that we would want to do.”

The majority of Trader’s Cove property owners who spoke during the public hearing voiced concerns over the parking congestion on 61st Street and didn’t want to lose the additional parking space on Seabay Dr., especially for the tennis center.

“They [tennis center] need that parking. Ten spaces versus six spaces make a significant difference. It gets pretty crowded. You also have restaurants in the area and beach goers, so parking is critical. The layout being proposed looks like an accident waiting to happen,” Traders Cove resident John Murray said.

Traders Cove resident George Balunis agreed.

“The street is used for parking. I see it all year, especially during prime time … Seabay Drive is an extension of 61st Street when it comes to parking, and I would recommend preserving the parking,” he said.

The council voted unanimously to table the matter to allow time for the developer to work with city staff on an alternative plan to have an entrance on Seabay Drive without losing the majority of parking on the street. The matter will return to the Mayor and City Council on Sept. 3.

Police Conclude No Foul Play In N.J. Man’s Death

Jorge Troca

OCEAN CITY — Although the final autopsy results have not been made public, Ocean City Police have ruled out foul play in a death of a New Jersey man last weekend deemed “suspicious” initially.

Around 3 a.m. last Saturday, Ocean City emergency responders received a call about an adult male being found unconscious and unresponsive in a room at the Princess Bayside Hotel on 47th Street. Ocean City Police and Emergency Services responded to the scene and unsuccessfully began emergency lifesaving procedures on the victim, later identified as Jorge Troca, 38, of Lyndhurst, N.J.

The initial release on the incident from the OCPD said an investigation into the cause, manner and circumstances of the death was underway and the department’s Criminal Enforcement Division had characterized the death as suspicious. Early reports from other media sources erroneously asserted Troca had been stabbed and the news of a possible homicide in the resort spread over social media sites. However, by Sunday, the OCPD had reported the death was no longer being characterized as suspicious.

“The results of the autopsy at this time are pending, however, investigations in the case have determined that no foul play was involved in Troca’s death,” the OCPD reported Sunday.

OCPD Public Affairs Specialist Lindsay O’Neal told The Dispatch Monday the injuries to the victim that first lent credence to the “suspicious” characterization of the incident were unfounded.

“The unattended death was initially seen as suspicious by our detectives because of injuries on the body,” she said. “Detectives later determined that these injuries were sustained post-mortem due to emergency lifesaving efforts.”

The victim’s brother, Victor Troca, told that his brother had suffered cardiac arrest. Victor Troca also addressed the stabbing rumor with that media outlet.

“That was completely wrong,” he told “He had a superficial wound that, through word of mouth, suddenly became ‘he got stabbed.’”

According to his obituary from Buyus Funeral Home, Troca was a longshoremen for ILA Local 1235 of Newark, N.J. for many years. Victor Troca said the victim was on vacation in Ocean City at the time and someone in the hotel room woke up from the sound of him hitting the floor and called 911 immediately.


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21st Ocean City Lax Classic In The Books

The Ocean City Lacrosse Classic held last weekend in the resort featured a repeat champion when 1 Lacrosse defeated Jack Lingo in the men’s elite division title game. Pictured above, the happy 1 Lacrosse team celebrates after winning its second consecutive title.

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OCEAN CITY- The 21st Annual Ocean City Lacrosse Classic, held at several venues in and around the resort area last weekend, was again a huge success with over 100 teams and hundreds of the top players in the country competing for four days culminating with championships in seven divisions on Sunday.

The event has grown by leaps and bounds since its inception in 1993 when just a handful of teams competed on a hardscrabble field behind Ocean City Elementary. Twenty-one years later, over 100 teams featuring some of the top men’s and women’s collegiate and professional players in the country compete in seven divisions including the men’s and women’s elite divisions, the masters and grandmasters and the King Neptune division.

The Ocean City Lacrosse Classic is one of the highlights of the sport’s summer tournament season. The Ocean City event is on par with other big showcase tournaments in Vail and Lake Placide each summer. The tournament got started last Thursday with opening round games in the masters and grandmasters divisions at venues across northern Worcester County.

The men’s and women’s elite divisions started play last Friday and games were held in pool play all weekend until, culminating with the semifinals and championship games on Sunday. In the men’s Elite A division, 1 Lacrosse repeated as champion, beating Jack Lingo, 7-4, in the title game. Last year, 1 Lacrosse beat Jack Lingo, 10-6, in the championship game.

In its semifinal, 1 Lacrosse beat CyberCore, 9-8, while Jack Lingo beat the Maryland Lacrosse Club, 5-0. 1 Lacrosse scored early and often in the first half of the championship game and took a 4-0 lead into intermission. 1 Lacrosse got first half goals by Myles Jones of Duke, Austin Stewart of Lynchburg, Ryan Brown of Hopkins and Aaron Murphy of Lynchburg.

Jack Lingo got on the board early in the second half on a goal by Salisbury’s Matt Hickman, but 1 Lacrosse quickly answered with goals by Brown and Murphy. Jack Lingo continued to apply the pressure, but were stopped repeatedly by 1 Lacrosse goalkeeper Gunnar Waldt, who was named tournament MVP. 1 Lacrosse held on the rest of the way and repeated as champion with the 7-4 win.

In the men’s Elite B division, Tessamaes defeated the Cannons, 10-5 in the championship game on Sunday. Tessamaes beat Chirp City, 10-4, in its semifinal, while the Cannons defeated the Lil Abners, 9-7, to earn a spot in the championship game.

In the women’s Elite division, CyberCore edged Salty Balty, 9-8, with a dramatic goal with just seconds remaining in the championship game. With the game tied at 8-8 and the clock ticking down, CyberCore’s Alyssa Murray from Team USA found Natalie Glanell open on the crease and Glanell converted the game winner to give CyberCore the title.

Salty Balty scored first in the championship game, but CyberCore answered with five goals of its own to take a 5-1 lead into halftime. CyberCore got two goals from Murray, who was eventually named MVP of the tournament, along with goals by Emily Considine of Hofstra and Tori Seitz of Jacksonville. Salty Balty scored the first four goals of the second half to tie the game at 5-5. CyberCore then answered with two quick goals by Murray to retake the lead at 7-5.

Salty Balty rallied for two goals by Yale’s Lauren Wickerle to tie the game again at 7-7. Salty Balty then took its first lead of the game since early on in the contest on a goal by Virginia’s Kelly Boyd to go up 8-7. Murray scored again for CyberCore with three minutes left to tie the game at 8-8 and set up the dramatic last second goal for the title.

In the Masters A division, Smartlink beat the Marksmen, 8-2, for the title. In the Masters B division, Abbey Burger topped Kirby’s Pub/Catonsville, 6-3. In the Grand Masters division, it was Koopers downing the FCA, 9-2, in the title game. In the King Neptune division, Team Harley topped Mr. Boh, 9-6, for the title.

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Corn on the cob cooked on the grill


A framed black-and-white photo


Sunflowers in a front yard


A day that contradicts the forecast