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October 28, 2010

Pro Laxers, Iroquois Take to Hawaii

by Corey McLaughlin | Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff | Hawaii Invitational Site

The Crease Monkeys have been a recent staple of the Hawaii Invitational, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this weekend.

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What to bring to the Hawaii Lacrosse Invitational Tournament: beach towel, sunscreen and Halloween costume. And try not to forget the lacrosse gear.

For the 20th year, club teams and players will compete and socialize on the fields and watering holes in Honolulu, within walking distance of the Pacific Ocean and in view of the famous Diamond Head volcano. The annual tournament, this year held Oct. 29-31, is organized by the Hawaii Chapter of US Lacrosse and has attracted about 35 teams among four divisions.

Of course, the idea of playing in warm weather in October at Kapiolani Park, located across the street from Waikiki Beach, will help persuade some to sign up.

"Often players will surf between scheduled games," said tournament director Rudie Schaefer.

Sixteen teams, including the Iroquois Nationals team that was set to play at the FIL World Championships before the team's much-publicized passport problems, will play in the Men's Elite Division (18 years and older) and 12 teams are scheduled for Women's Elite play. The Men's Masters (33 years and up) and Men's Grand Masters (44 and up) have four teams.

Crease Monkeys are the defending Men's Elite winners and Breakaway Lacrosse won the women's side last year. The event has a strong history of competitive games. Gary Gait and Casey Powell are among former MVPs. Nike is the lead sponsor this year, Schaefer said.

"Most of the elite teams are packed with Division I and pro players," Schaefer said. "We also get about six Japanese teams that come annually. This year we will be hosting teams from Thailand, Canada, the Iroquois Nationals, and club teams from the East and West Coasts."

Social events also are planned, starting with an opening party Friday night at Rum Fire restaurant and bar. There also is an annual costume party (it's Halloween weekend, after all) at LuLu's Surf Club after the games end Sunday. According to the information packet for the event, the most outlandish costume ideas are encouraged.

"Playing lacrosse in paradise against the best in the world, jumping in for a quick surf session followed by socializing at sunset with friends," Schaefer said. "Does it get any better?"

Inside Lacrosse confirmed rosters for three teams of note: Wimmer Solutions, Crease Monkeys and the Iroquois Nationals. Those rosters appear below.

WIMMER SOLUTIONS

Attack
Casey Powell
Ryan Powell
Garrett Billings
Stephen Berger
Gary Gait
Matt Sauri

Midfield
Anthony Kelly
Paul Rabil
Steven Brooks
Justin Smith
Max Seibald
Terry Kimener
Jimmy Borell
Nate Kenney
Brian Silcott

Defense
Eric Martin
Kyle Hartzell
Matt Bocklet
Brett Moyer
Chris O'Dougherty
Josh Rachman

Goalies
Brett Queener
Tom Groeninger

CREASE MONKEYS

Attack
John Grant Jr.
Kevin Leveille
Cort Kim
Dan Holdridge
Jeff Zywicki

Midfield
Geoff Snider
Mike Leveille
Gavin Prout
Jordan Hall
Andy Spack
Takayuki Yoshikawa
Kyle Wimer

Defense
Mike Evans
Charlie Wiggins
Ian O'Hearn
Ryan Kelaher
Glenn Morley
Bucky Morris
Brian Kelly

Goalie
Scott Rodgers

IROQUOIS NATIONALS

Attack
Cody Jamieson
Gewas Schindler
Drew Bucktooth
Emmett Printup

Midfield
Brett Bucktooth
James Cathers
Mike Lazore
Aaron Printup
Mike White
Craig Point
Matt Alexander

Defense
Marshall Abrams
Sid Smith
Charles Jacobs
Isaiah Kicknosway
Ron Cogan
Kedoh Hill

Goalie
Marty Ward
Spencer Lyons

Others
Jim Barnes
Casey Swamp
Brandon Swamp
Justin Gill
Grant Bucktooth

Coaches: Cam Bomberry, Ross Bucktooth, Ed Shenandoah, Ansley Jemison, Mark Burnam, Jerome Thompson.


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