OCEAN CITY- The 23rd Annual Ocean City Lacrosse Classic, held at several venues in and around the resort area last weekend, was once again a huge success with over 100 teams and thousands of the top players in the country competing for four days culminating with championships in eight divisions.
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-three 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 men’s and women’s elite divisions, masters, grandmasters and King Neptune divisions. Also included in the last two years has been a Rolling Surf division featuring some of the top wheelchair lacrosse players in the world including several wounded warriors.
Opening round games in the masters, grandmasters and King Neptune divisions began last Thursday at venues all over Worcester County. The men’s and women’s elite divisions started play last Friday and games were held in pool play all weekend culminating with the semifinals and championship games on Sunday.
For the record, in the men’s elite Atlantic Division, it was Jack Lingo beating the NYAC, 8-5, in the title game. Jack Lingo beat Steam, 6-5, in its semifinal, while the NYAC beat MLC, 5-4, in its semifinal. In the men’s elite Bayside Division, it was the Barn Muckers beating the Whitewalkers, 7-5, in the title game.
In the women’s elite division, the Hot Buns repeated as champions, beating the Lady Bears in the title game. The Hot Buns beat Integrity, 8-6, in its semifinal, while the Lady Bears, beat the Whips.
In the masters A division, Jack Lingo beat Smartlink, 7-1, in the championship game. In the master B division, it was the Runk’s Bunch beating Abbey Burger, 6-2, for the title. In the grandmasters division, Koopers beat Providence, 9-3, in the title game, while in the King Neptune division, it was Team Harley topping Town Tavern, 8-2, to win the championship. Team Riptide won the Rolling Surf division.