(June 6, 2014) Approximately 5,000 athletes will compete in and around the Ocean City area this weekend during the annual Beach Lax Festival.
Eighty-four girls’ lacrosse teams, ranging from U-9 to U-15, will go head-to-head on the fields at Northside Park on 125th Street. The girls kick off tournament play with competition beginning at 6 p.m. today, Friday. Lacrosse action will continue Saturday and Sunday at the park. Teams will play at least six opponents during the weekend.
About 175 boys’ teams, ranging from U-9 to U-15, will play lacrosse starting around 8 a.m. Saturday at several locations, including Northern Worcester Athletic Complex, Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School, Berlin Intermediate School, Buckingham Elementary School, behind Stephen Decatur Middle School at River Run soccer complex. Teams will compete in three games within their respective divisions.The top squads will advance to the playoff round.
Boys’ and girls’ teams will travel from Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, New York, New Jersey and New York to take part in the festival.
Squads from the Ocean City, Berlin and Salisbury areas will also participate.
Tournament co-organizer Tim Gilbert said the level of competition displayed will vary from recreational teams to highly skilled travel squads in both the boys’ and girls’ tournaments.
“The level of competition should be really good. It runs the gamut,” he said. “It should be a fun tournament. It’s a good time at the beach with your friends.”
The Beach Lax Festival was created to extend the lacrosse season and to determine how the local teams compare to those from other states. For more information, visit www.beachlax.org.