The Brine National Lacrosse classic was much more than just an elite level lacrosse tournament. It was a celebration of the sport of lacrosse. Everyone that came to play, whether they won or lost, shared a passion for a sport that has been growing rapidly throughout the U.S. for years now.
Players were carefully selected around the United States to make up teams that could showcase the premier talent from their region. It became very clear over the duration of the event that there is plenty of talent to go around in the U.S. Most people think of lacrosse as a predominantly northeastern sport, but teams from Ohio, Illinois, Georgia, Florida, and Colorado showed us how the sport is spreading in all directions. Ohio even took home the Boys 16-17 title over the team from New England.
The Brine National Lacrosse Classic served as a melting pot for some of the best boys and girls lacrosse players from middle school to high school seniors. Not only did players quickly mesh with their new teammates, but they went out of their way to befriend players from other regions, all in a week’s time. No matter the player’s age, gender, or hometown, they all had lacrosse in common and seemed to really embrace the spirit and camaraderie of the event.
Players and parents enjoyed meeting fellow lacrosse die-hards that share their year-round dedication to the sport. However, competition on the field remained fierce. Teams took a lot of pride in representing their regions and individual players hustled hard in the Virginia heat to impress NCAA coaches and scouts. The Brine National Lacrosse Classic provided players great exposure to the next level of lacrosse.
It really was all lacrosse everything at the River City Sportsplex. Parents flocked to the LEGACY apparel tent to purchase souvenirs, while their children tried on the newest Brine and Warrior gear before having their shot registered on Brine’s radar gun. Players had custom mouth guards made by SISU and purchased personalized recruiting videos from First Scout to help them get one step closer to their college lacrosse dreams.
An international aspect was added on Thursday morning when the London Knights showed up to play games against Connecticut and Long Island. The Knights featured players from the England U19 team that will participate in the World Championships this year. There’s no better indication of the growth of the sport than international competitors.
The Sports4Life Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports sports programs for children, added a charity aspect to the Brine National Lacrosse Classic. Players and parents bought raffle tickets all week long to win Brine gear and Lacrosse.com gift cards, while supporting a great cause. Sports4 Life was able to raise over $2,000 throughout the week thanks to the support of Brine participants.
When the final whistles blew on Thursday and players packed up their bags there were a lot of goodbyes, but even more see-you-laters. Many of the same players will be back again next year, excited to further expand their lacrosse network and showcase their improved skills in front of a whole new crop of coaches.
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