The Crabs Atlantic Stars of Maryland, the only East Coast team at the 12th annual Adrenaline Challenge last weekend in Del Mar, Calif., went undefeated to win their age bracket, capped by a last-minute win in the final.
In the STX Middle School A bracket championship against the three-time defending champion L.A. Lazers, the Crabs trailed by a goal with 1:27 to go. Luke Shilling tied the game on an inside roll with 29 seconds to go. The Crabs won the ensuing faceoff, and coach Andy Shilling called a timeout. On the restart, Anthony Orsini drove the cage hard and drew a double team, but found Luke Shilling on the backside for the game-winner.
“It feels pretty special being the only East Coast team," Andy Shilling said after his squad started the tournament 3-0 on Saturday. "This tournament is really great -- back east there aren’t tournaments that can host so many teams in one location, and the weather is just awesome.”
Starting at 8 a.m. that day, 20 fields were teeming with talented lacrosse players, recruits, and fans from across the nation. Each game consisted of 20-minute halves, and with this condensed game length came nail-biting scores -- a pattern the Crabs followed in their win over the Lazers.
The Crabs Atlantic Stars featured players from the Baltimore Crabs, the Virginia Lacrosse Club, Breakers LC and Greene Turtle LC.
Towson adds Duke to 2013 schedule
The Towson men’s lacrosse team has added perennial powerhouse Duke to its 2013 schedule, coach Shawn Nadelen announced Wednesday.
The Tigers will travel to Durham, N.C., to face the Blue Devils on Saturday, March 16 at 1 p.m. This game will replace the home contest against Stony Brook previously scheduled for that day.
“We welcome Duke University to our 2013 schedule,” Nadelen said. “Duke has always been a strong program and one of the top teams in the ACC. Adding this game allows us to have one of the strongest schedules in the country. We want to make sure we are playing great competition each week to prepare us for our conference and NCAA tournament.”
Loyola grad Bozel transfers to High Point
Coach Jon Torpey of Division I High Point announced the addition of sophomore transfer Dylan Bozel (Loyola) for the 2013 season.
Bozel, a midfielder, is eligible to play for High Point immediately. He played in one game for Rutgers last season, recording one shot. Bozel was an Under Armour All-American with the Dons and also earned All-State honors; he also played football and basketball.
FIL debuts new website
Stan Cockerton, president of the Federation of International Lacrosse, announced the launch of a new website for the worldwide governing body of lacrosse. The site is now live at www.filacrosse.com.
The website is designed to serve the needs of FIL member nations while sharing the news of the growth of lacrosse around the world. The site will be used to promote international lacrosse development and FIL championship events.
“Our members and emerging lacrosse communities all use social media to communicate amongst themselves and to promote the growth of the sport in their country,” Cockerton said. “We have a growing audience of fans and players, and almost all of them are using social media. We are excited to capitalize on new ways of reaching them.
“There is a significant section of the website dedicated to raising awareness in regards to anti-doping,” Cockerton added. “We want to send a strong message to the world that we are serious about being an Olympic-caliber sport.”