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Beach Blast Girls Lacrosse Tournament places Cape on lax map

Tournament directors desire two tournaments for 2015
By Dave Frederick | Jul 03, 2014
Photo by: Dan Cook Mia Meacci, a midfielder on the 2018 Eastern Shore Lacrosse Club squad, avoids a check from an FCA Delmarva defender and goes to the goal. ESLC won the contest 12-4.

The traffic snarl leading into Lewes Saturday, June 28, was epic bordering on legendary, but a community with a long summer tradition of hosting multiple big events just absorbed the punches like Ali versus Forman up against the ropes in Zaire in 1974.

The Sea Glass Festival at the Lewes Historical Society, classic car show, farmers market and a lacrosse tournament using 10 fields between Cape and Lewes that featured 106 teams over three days playing close to 450 games all on a common horn and same time schedule. The economic  impact  on the local community when compared to other established major summer tournaments was projected to be between 6 and 8 million dollars.

"The weather was absolutely perfect, and teams from across the East Coast into the Midwest all want to sign up for next year before they leave town," said Sue Murphy, who along with her coach friend of 40 years, Courtney Vaughn, runs the tournament.

"Club teams are enjoying how the tournament is run, and it was not intended to be a recruiting tournament, but that's what is happening," Murphy said. "College coaches know they can come here and see so many great players in one tournament."

The local Eastern Shore Lacrosse Club with players from Cape, Stephen Decatur, Dover, Sts. Peter and Paul, Caesar Rodney, Polytech, Worcester, Parkside, North Caroline, Sussex Tech, Easton, Salisbury Christian and other summer kids filled up the rosters of five age-group teams from the graduating class of 2019-20 up through next year's class of 2015.

"Our teams did very well," said P.J. Kesmodel. "Most were 3-1 over 4 games, but none made the championship game. Kids learn a lot, and so do the coaches."

The Cape lacrosse boosters ran the field house concession stand and made about $5,000 on cold drinks, Primo Subs and Grotto Pizza. "We kept running out of food because it's hard to estimate," said booster Lori Voss.

"I don't think there's a better location than Cape, a high school with two synthetic, lighted fields, two beautiful bermuda fields, and the people are just so welcoming. We want to make sure we enhanced the community when were here, so we hire state police and extra staff; we want a relationship, a partnership," said Murphy.

Murphy contracted the Champions Cup and Capitol Tournament in Richmond for 250 teams and $13 million. So divide that in half. "The city of Richmond wants the tournaments to stay there, but other cities are trying to get it," Murphy said. "Club managers are asked to rank their own teams for proper placement in the tournament. I only saw a few eyeball scores; we want everyone to get competitive play."

The summer club season runs another three weeks before shutdown for summer, and get ready for fall sports.

Anna Stancofski of the 2019 Eastern Shore Lacrosse Club dodges past a Cecil County lax squad defender and goes to the goal in the ESLC's 16-4 loss to the Maryland team. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Megan Johnson of the 2019 Eastern Shore Lacrosse Club dodges past a Cecil County lax squad defender in the ESLC loss. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Kourtney Olsen of the 2016 ESLC team looks to score in the 19-2 win over the Tidewater Knights. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Eastern Shore Lacrosse Club 2018 midfielder Anna Lutz looks to pass around an FCA defender in the 12-4 ESLC win. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Lexi Woodruff of the Eastern Shore Lacrosse Club 2015 squad breaks away for a one-on-one with the Mongoose goalkeeper. Woodruff scored on the shot. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
ESLC Class of 2018-19 midfielder Katie Frederick breaks out of a crowd of FCA defenders and goes to the goal in the 12-4 win. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
ESLC 2018-19 midfielder Mary Grace Cannon shoots and scores in the 12-4 win over FCA. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Bailey Olds of the ESLC 2015 team shoots and scores in the 9-5 loss to the Long Island Wave. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Erin Cannon of the ESLC class of 2019 team dodges past an Integrity Lacrosse Club defender in the 11-4 loss. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
ESLC class of 2015 defender Taylor Gooch outruns the competition. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
ESLC class of 2015 defender Taylor Gooch turns on the afterburners and outruns the Storm defense and scores in the 8-8 tie. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Emily Minkkinen, ESLC class of 2015 attack, shoots and scores in the 8-8 tie with the Storm. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Marina Wheeler, class of 2016 ESLC midfielder, takes a shot on goal in the 19-2 win over the Tidewater Knights. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Elle Bargar, ESLC class of 2016, shoots on goal in the 10-6 loss to the Frederick Stars. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Korrine LeMaire, attack for the ESLC class of 2017, shoots and scores in the 17-2 win over the Mass Mavericks squad. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Madison Marciniak, class of 2017 midfielder, cuts to the goal in the 17-2 win over Mass Mavericks. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Kourtney Olsen, ESLC attack, shoots and scores in the 10-6 loss to the Frederick Stars. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Izzie Cryne, ESLC class of 2017 goalie, looks to clear after making a save. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Caliey Thornburg, ESLC class of 2107 defender, clears the ball in the 17-2 win over the Mass Mavericks. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Lizzie Frederick, ESLC class of 2016, takes a shot on goal on a free position in the 10-6 loss to the Frederick Stars. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape Henlopen High School was recently the host to Beach Blast, one of the largest girls' lacrosse tournaments in the country. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Victoria Lockwood shoots and scores in the 11-4 ESLC class of 2018 win over the CYLA Storm. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Lizzie Frederick is fouled going to the goal in the ESLC class of 2016 loss to the Frederick Stars. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cameron Wick controls the ball in the ESLC class of 2016 loss to the Frederick Stars. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Christina Romano of the ESLC class of 2017 squad blazes down field in the 17-2 win over the Mass Mavericks. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Alia Marshall gets ready for a free position shot. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Elle Bargar cranks a shot for the 2016 team. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Cailey Thornburg powers down the field for the 2017 ESLC team. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Rachel Florek and Maddie Card of ESLC are ready to battle the Frederick Stars lacrosse team.
Katie Frederick is poised to power to the cage. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Roger "Doc" Hunt is 42 years a trainer and loving every minute of it. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
The Dolphin lacrosse club quartet enjoys a moment between games. No programs with names and numbers because girls are minors. (Photo by: dave Frederick )
Lizzie Frederick scores on the Frederick All Stars. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Lola Messick scored using her left in a middle school bracket game. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Jay Kennedy and Eddie Reese help keep the Cape campus shipshape (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
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