To raise scholarship money for its women's lacrosse program, Anne Arundel Community College will play host Sunday to the school's first 3-on-3 Women's Lacrosse Tournament on the Arnold campus.
Modeled after a three-on-three format designed by the University of Maryland women's lacrosse coaching staff and team members, the round-robin tournament will begin at 8:45 a.m. with a demonstration by members of the Baltimore Club Lacrosse team.
"We want to have something to give to players who choose to attend Anne Arundel Community College," said James Shuck, coach of the Pioneers women's lacrosse team, who added that he "fell in love with theidea" after observing play on the College Park campus last November.
"It will be played on the same concept as half-court basketball. The teams will have to clear the ball on each change of possession."
The girls will play a series of seven-minute games beginning at 9 a.m. on eight fields, with a 10-minute break between contests. Shuck expects each team to play 13 to 15 games, depending on the number of teams that register.
"There's going to be a lot of playing," said Shuck. "It will give all the girls heavy playing time, and the goalkeepers will get a lot of good work out of it. It's a good opportunity to bring local girls together and give some exposure to the women's lacrosse program at the college."
During the noon lunch break, players and spectators can watch the Baltimore Women's Club lacrosse team, which consists primarily of former All-American and U.S. Team members -- including Severna Park's Carin Peterson and Broadneck's Leann Shuck -- scrimmage the Anne Arundel Community College women's squad.
"The scrimmage will bring a high level of play that people around here have not seen," said Shuck, who also coaches Anne Arundel's women's soccer team. "I want them to see what the best in the country looklike, and this is the perfect opportunity to do that.
"It's goingto be superb lacrosse; these women are unbelievable. Not many peopleknow just how good this (women's) game is with the precision passing.
"It's a great concept, and it's only going to make the players around here better players. "I want to make the college not a last alternative, but a place for girls to go because the caliber of lacrossethere is so good."
The tournament is open to high school girls lacrosse players 14 to 18 years of age, at a cost of $50 per team. Teams will consist of three to five players, but goalies will register separately and not be assigned to a specific team.
Members of the winning team, as well as the goalie yielding the fewest number of goalsthroughout the tournament, will be awarded new lacrosse sticks donated by STX of Baltimore.
All proceeds from the event will go towarda scholarship fund for AACC's women's lacrosse program. The public is invited at no charge.
Approximately 30 teams have registered, and new teams will be accepted through Thursday. Anyone interested in entering should contact Shuck at 757-5895 (leave message) or 541-2300.