The 13th annual Hall of Fame Lacrosse Classic will have a new look.
The event, sponsored by the Lacrosse Foundation, used to run three or four days, but it will be compressed into two, tomorrow and Saturday at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field. The emphasis will be national, with several regional games dropped, and there will be two new all-star games.
"We streamlined it, partly for economic reasons since an extra day or two costs extra money," said Steve Stenersen, executive director of the Lacrosse Foundation. "We felt it needed to be national in scope, since lacrosse is national and the Foundation is national."
Still the nation's largest lacrosse festival, the classic will include 1,000 athletes, from 6-year-olds to the sport's top male and female club players. The series of all-star games will serve as showcases for the leading players at all age levels.
One of the new offerings is the national club all-star game, featuring players from 30 states. Ten of the nation's 11 club leagues will be represented. Among the participants will be three members of the NCAA 25th anniversary team, Del Dressel and Gary and Paul Gait, and three from the 1994 U.S. World Team, Sal LoCascio, Mark Millon and Brian Voelker. The Gaits will oppose each other, Gary playing for the South and Paul for the North.
The U.S. Club Lacrosse Association championship game, traditionally the centerpiece of the classic, will be played June 24 Norris Field as part of a doubleheader with the Central Atlantic Lacrosse League final.
The other new event is the Women's Division III/Club North-South All-Star Game. It will feature William Smith's Amy Hoover, Division III's all-time points leader, and Swarthmore's Julie Noyes, the division's career goals leader.
The high school all-star games will include boys and girls from more than 20 states.
Hall of Fame Lacrosse Classic
At Johns Hopkins Homewood Field
Tomorrow: Women's Division III/Club North-South all-star game, 2:30 p.m. Men's Division III North-South all-star game, 4 p.m. Women's Division I/II North-South all-star game, 6:30 p.m. Men's Division I North-South all-star game, 8 p.m.
Saturday: Pinball (pee wee) lacrosse, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Scoop 'n' Shoot (lacrosse's version of Punt, Pass and Kick) World Championship preliminary round, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Junior College North-South all-star game, 12:30 p.m. Boys High School North-South all-star game, 3 p.m. Scoop 'n' Shoot finals, 4 p.m., Girls High School North-South all-star game, 5:30 p.m. National Club North-South all-star game, 7 p.m.
Tickets: Each day -- $6 for 12 years and up; children under 12, free. For information, call (410) 235-6882.
TV: HTS (delayed basis) -- June 17, National Club North-South all-star game, noon; Boys High School North-South all-star game, 2 p.m.