Lax World LC keeps getting better with age, as championships attest Veteran team can boast of nine players ++ over 35


With four players over the age of 40 and nine eligible to compete in a 35-and-over softball league, the Lax World Lacrosse Club has grown to expect some good-natured ribbing from its opponents.

"They say we're old men but we prefer to think of it as age-ful experience," said Lax World attackman Mark Darcangelo. "There's always a standard joke.

For the last two years, Lax World has had the last laugh.

The 25-man team successfully defended its Central Atlantic Lacrosse League crown earlier this summer and the CALL's elder statesmen appear poised to three-peat in 1997. The team has gone 10-0 in the past two postseasons -- not bad for a group of guys with a total of 33 children.

"As long as we can still be competitive we'll keep playing," said defenseman Marc Hoffman, a 40-year-old father of six and one of 13 Lax World players with Major Indoor Lacrosse League experience. "Lacrosse is in our blood."

Bart Aldridge, who starred at Loyola High and the University of Delaware, led Lax World in scoring this season with 32 goals and eight assists. Fellow attacker Tom Gravanti, an assistant coach at Mount St. Mary's, had 28 goals and 12 assists and Bob Martino was third with 16 goals and 10 assists.

Darcangelo, 37, whose brother Jim owns Lax World, the team's sponsor, played midfield most of his career but has recently moved to attack because "the legs aren't what they used to be. For the last six years, I keep saying one more year. I'd like to try and play until I'm 40, but I'm not going to push it too far."

Pub Date: 8/09/96

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