1Lacrosse Captures Ocean City Elite Championship
Photo Gallery: Ocean City Lacrosse Men's Finals
1Lacrosse captured the Ocean City Lacrosse Classic title with a 10-6 win over Jack Lingo/Fireball on a rainy Sunday on the Eastern Shore
A winter break brainstorm came into championship maturity on Sunday, as the 1Lacrosse squad took home the men's elite title at the Ocean City Lacrosse Classic, besting a veteran Jack Lingo/Fireball squad in the finals, rallying for a 10-6 win in its first ever appearance.
"I just really wanted to put a team together for Ocean City," says Deemer Class, the Duke midfielder who got together some friends who are current NCAA players and pitched the concept to 1Lacrosse owner Todd Raley. "We had a potential roster of guys that I'm friends with and have met throughout the years, and it just took off."
The finals were a slog on a wet field and the third game of the day for both Lingo and 1Lacrosse, which bested SteamLax 5-4 in the quarterfinals and D5Bass 8-2 to advance to the final. Lingo/Fireball had advanced with a 14-4 win over Gennies Nation in the quarters and then a 7-5 score over Koopers Diamond Cutter's in the semis.
Lingo, which featured stars like LXM pros and Team USA hopefuls Kyle Harrison. Graham Gill and Sam Bradman, jumped out to a 5-2 lead, but then a big defensive performance in the second half shut down the veteran squad.
"Chris Thomas just played a great second half," Raley said of the performance of the Denison goalkeeper. "He was getting peppered with shots, left and right, and he made a lot of saves."
Raley credited the entire defense for helping the team's success in its first tournament together, particularly top players Evan Connell (North Carolina) and Bobby Duvnjak (Harvard) had to leave prior to Sunday's play. Offensively, Class was joined by Duke teammate Case Matthias and Cole Riccardi (Notre Dame) in a balanced group effort. Face-off man Jeff Crackey – who is a rising freshman headed for the University of Virginia – also performed well over the tournament.
"Everyone got along really well and I think that just really translated," Class said. "On the field, everyone was unselfish, enjoyed playing together and had a lot of fun."
And with the success in its maiden voyage, we can probably expect to see this crew, or at least a large chunk of it, hitting the fields once again under a 1Lacrosse banner in 2014, according to Class.
"It was really cool that 1Lacrosse put all this together for us, and hopefully we can keep this core group together and head to Vail and Lake Placid as well as Ocean City next year."
Other Division Champions:
- Women's Elite: Team STX (defeated Salty Balty 12-8 in the final)
- Men's King Neptune Division (50+): Team Harly (defeated Team Patron 4-3)
- Men's Grandmaster's (45+): Koopers Tavern (defeated Blue Ox 6-5 in OT)
- Men's Master's Shark (35+): Koopers (defeated Smartlink 7-2)
- Men's Barracuda's (30+): National Premium/Shore Steamers (defeated Crab Bag/Dogfish Head 7-3)
- Men's Elite Bay: Flamingos (defeated Cannons Elite 7-4)
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