January 19, 2011

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Florida Lacrosse Classic Tabs $146K; Elder Statesmen Sweep Titles

from staff reports

The Florida Lacrosse Classic, featuring Grandmasters (age 45 and older), Half Century (age 50 and older) and even age 60-and-over teams, has become a staple in South Florida, raising $146,000 for youth lacrosse.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The 10th-annual Florida Lacrosse Classic finished play Sunday, capping a weekend of 84 games among 35 teams at the Grand Masters level (age 45 and older) and above.

The Elder Statesmen won the Grand Masters national championship, dethroning Team Harley, 9-6, taking control in the second half and never looking back.

In the Brine Division, Team Tarzan, formerly High Peaks, fought back to beat Mr. Boh Lacrosse Club with a scooping behind-the-back goal with 16 seconds left.

The Elder Statesmen's 50-and-over team also won the Half Century national championship game with a 6-5, come-from-behind win over Piv's Pub from Towson, Md.

The Classic also featured a 60-and-over game Saturday. The tournament is sponsored by the Florida Youth Lacrosse Foundation, which has used the proceeds to provide more than $146,000 of funding and equipment for youth lacrosse teams and programs in southern Florida. Eighty teams and programs have been the beneficiary of this tournament.

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