SACKETS HARBOR, New York (WWNY) – One of the first summer lacrosse tournaments in the Northeast is approaching and a new group of organizers are looking to bring some news to the tournament.
The 1812 Shootouts are preparing for their annual tournament in Sackets Harbor, which kicks off on July 9 with the start of the boys’ weekend.
Jared Wilson, tournament organizer and president of Ontario Bay Lacrosse, says the 2-weekend event could see a record number of participating teams this year.
“Right now we are just finalizing our teams that we have. We have around just over 175 teams already registered. We think the number will rise closer to 200 before the tournament starts, ”Wilson said.
The first weekend sees the kids in action with club teams playing 9th and school teams playing 10th.
The following weekend, the girls take center stage with club teams playing on July 16 and school teams taking to the pitch on July 17.
Wilson says the level of competition and competing teams will return to the level they were before COVID.
“So this year we have clubs from all over the northeast, we have teams from the south, some teams from the west, so we have a good variety of teams from all over the country. Mostly they are more teams from the Northeast, teams that have come year after year since Tom O’Brien and Mr. Green started the tournament some time ago, ”Wilson said.
A new feature that organizers are adding is a 2-day lacrosse pitch between boys ‘and girls’ weekends.
The Heat Lacrosse Camp will take place on 11 and 12 July for the children of the K-12 classes with the presence of some prominent instructors.
“Heat Lacrosse is run by Syracuse alumni. Brad Voigt, who currently plays in the PLL. He is also bringing with him a highly experienced Division 1 staff and professional lacrosse players. Namely Zed Williams, who is the 2020 PLL MVP, and Stephen Rehfuss, who was former PLL Rookie of the Year, ”Wilson said.
Wilson says 1812 isn’t necessarily a potential tournament, but adds that some college scouts and coaches will be in attendance during the shooting to get a glimpse of some of the top talent competing.
“There were a couple of area scouts who actually contacted us and they wanted admission to the tournament and they wanted to know what kind of, details of what days and times the teams are playing. We’ve also had other college coaches there. they have contacted from Division 3 down to Division 1 levels, whether they have a particular player they want to watch, or just want to come and see him in general, so we’ve been in contact with a few of them, “Wilson said.
An opportunity for area lacrosse fans to watch some of the Northeast’s best lacrosse players right in their backyard.
This is the third time in over a week that the Rapids have had a match postponed due to bad weather
The Rapids are back in action Monday night as they host Utica at the Alex Duffy Fairgrounds. The first step is set for 6:30 pm.
The Rapids will be looking to land a 4-game losing streak with their final setback coming Saturday night in Albany, where they lost a doubleheader to the Dutch with scores of 3-0 and 9-1.
The Rapids enter the race on Monday night with a 2-5 record and manager Mike Kogut knows things won’t get any easier with the level of competition the team is facing night after night.
“High quality competition throughout this championship. Night in and out, you know, you’ll have to go through a good arm and strong lineup, so it’s exciting for our guys to have this opportunity, “said Kogut.
Some big news for the JCC women’s basketball program regarding their upcoming 2022-23 schedule.
The school announced Thursday that the Lady Cannoneers will host the inaugural Cannoneer Classic at McVean Athletic Center from November 4-6.
Along with JCC, .Bronx Community College, UConn-Avery Point and Jamestown Community College will also participate.
It is the first time that the Lady Cannoneers will host a season opener tournament.
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