Cape Gazette

Eastern Shore Lacrosse Club tears up Charlotte competition

Peninsula girls dominate Overtime Tournament
By Dave Frederick | Jan 07, 2013
Photo by: Dave Frederick The ESLC, shown at the Overtime Tournament in Charlotte, N.C., includes in back (l-r) Taylor Gooch, Coryn Cannon, Lindsey Voss, Karalyn Joseph, Erin Florek and Elizabeth Lockwood.  In the middle are Sam Broadhurst, Jordan Brown, Molly Soule, Sophie Brennan and Allie Yeager
. In front are Alexa Woodruff, Alyssa Mocci, Sarah Tappan, Lizzie Frederick, Sara Arrington and Meg Lingo.

A dad from down south asked his daughter, who played for a team named Courage, "Where are those guys from?" after the Eastern Shore Lacrosse Club waxed and polished her all-star team 19-3. "I don't know," said the exasperated player. "Well, they have to be from somewhere," the dad answered.

The 17 girls from 500 miles north of Charlotte,  N.C., were from the Delmarva Peninsula, representing Cape Henlopen, Worcester Prep, Stephen Decatur and Sussex Tech high schools.  They went 4-0 in the tournament and were impressive in sharing the ball while actually having a clue what they wanted to do.

The Overtime Tournament was a showcase tournament for high school players not yet committed to college. It was played at Elon Elementary School, which had four turf fields courtesy of the City of Charlotte Parks and Recreation Department.

"We have 260 athletes from 20 states and 160 colleges represented," said tournament official Lisa Mitchelides. "Most kids come here in smaller groups and are put on teams. Some local high schools sent their entire teams."

Eastern Shore was coached by Dave "P.J. Junior" Frederick, the Beacon Middle School principal, so parents were familiar with certain directives, "Spread Green, Jordan in the paint, let's run a little posey." Eastern Shore ran two midfields and had a sub on attack and one on defense.

All players got plenty of work over the two-day tournament.

Some of the colleges in attendance were Kalamazoo College, Coker, Belmont Abby and Queens University of Charlotte.

There were also lots of better-known schools, as the sports of girls' lacrosse is exploding into regions of the country that are just discovering the difference between speed red, green and yellow.

Sophie Brennan of Worcester Prep powers through the midfield. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Erin Florek of Stephen Decatur rips home a goal. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Taylor Gooch clears the ball; it's futile to chase her. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Sara Arrington of Worcester Prep makes a goal against the Carolina all-stars. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Karalyn Joseph skies for possession. Her plane left after the game. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Elizabeth Lockwood of Sussex Tech clears the ball. She is one of two freshmen on the ESLC team. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Freshman Lizzie Frederick comes up with possession on the draw circle. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Lexi Woodruff scores for ESLC. Lexi, aka "Electron," is a Cape sophomore who plays attack. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Sophomore Sarah Tappan rocketed home goals in each of the four victories. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Meg Lingo leaves the field Sunday morning after two days and four wins for ESLC. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Colleges were at the tourney to discover and evaluate talent; many are great schools but not exactly household names. (Photo by: Dave Frederick)
ESLC team members recover from another win. (Photo by: Dave Frederick)
Sam Broadhurst makes a "portrait of a goalie." (Photo by: Dave Frederick)
Jordan Brown is tough around the goal. (Photo by: Dave Frederick)
Lizzie Frederick shoots high. (Photo by: Dave Frederick)
Molly Soule goes left to score. (Photo by: Dave Frederick)
Ali Yeager point blank is "money"! (Photo by: Dave Frederick)
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