(Aug. 15, 2014) The 21st annual Ocean City Lacrosse Classic kicked off Thursday and action will continue through Sunday.
Forty Men’s Elite (18 and older) teams, 14 Master’s (35 and older) squads, nine Grandmaster’s (45 and older) crews and four Men’s King Neptune (50 and older) teams will compete.
Lacrosse matches got started on Thursday, Aug. 14, at Northside Park on 125th Street and the Northern Worcester County Athletic Complex off Route 113 in Berlin.
Teams will battle throughout the weekend.
Four squads will compete in the wheelchair “Rolling Surf” division, sponsored by the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA).
Twenty-four Women’s Elite (18 and older) teams will start competition Friday on the Fourth Street fields in Ocean City.
Championship matches will be played Sunday, Aug. 17.
Tournament Director Bob Musitano said teams consist of collegiate and post-collegiate athletes as well as current and former professional lacrosse players. They will travel to Ocean City from states including New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Georgia, Massachusetts, Florida, Delaware and Maryland. In the past, squads from Japan and England have competed.
Spectators will see high-level lacrosse being played in more than 200 games.
“[The tournament competition] is going to be as strong as ever. We’ll have some really good talent,” Musitano said last week. “It’s probably the biggest adult lacrosse tournament in the country.”
Proceeds from the Classic will be donated back to the community in the form of scholarships and local lacrosse support as well as to fund the field house at Stephen Decatur High School in Berlin. Musitano said $7,000 in scholarships was awarded last year to student-athletes at Decatur, where he is the girls’ varsity head lacrosse coach.
Many participants will bring their families to Ocean City and make a vacation out of the event. It’s also a chance for players to renew old friendships, Musitano said.
For more information about the Classic or for a schedule of games, visit www.OCLaxClassic.org.