Club title game is still main event on Classic card Added attractions bring variety to Fame festival

June 16, 1993|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Staff Writer

A lot is new about the Hall of Fame Lacrosse Classic, but the tastiest offering remains unchanged.

The Classic will begin a four-day run at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field tomorrow with a variety of games for youth and old-timers and women and men, featuring the U.S. Club Lacrosse Association championship matching Mount Washington against Brine of Boston Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

"Lacrosse doesn't get any better than this," said Mount Washington president Ray Little, noting that 25 of the 27 players chosen for the 1990 U.S. Men's Team competed in the USCLA.

Mount Washington swept into the championship game for the fourth time in five years in large part on the skills of Gary and Paul Gait and Dave Pietramala, probably the best active players in the game.

The Saturday night club championship game traditionally concludes the Classic, but this time it will stretch through Sunday with four age-group games between the Maryland Youth Lacrosse Association and the Anne Arundel County all-stars.

This is also the first year for a North-South game bringing together the nation's best high school senior girls. The Classic previously brought in all-star teams only from Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland, but the success of the national boys' game led to the adoption of the same format for girls.

A Scoop 'n' Shoot Championship has been added to the Classic's menu. More than 500 boys and girls between 6 and 14 will race against the clock to scoop up six balls and shoot them into a goal. Sixteen kids will compete in Saturday night's finals.

The Classic has added a Hot Shot Cage, outside the Hall of Fame building on University Parkway, with a radar gun to clock the speed of shots. The times of the Gait twins will be posted to spur the youngsters. Proceeds ($1 for three shots) will benefit the U.S. Women's Team that will defend its title at the World Cup, Aug. 5-14, in Scotland.

Missing from festivities this week will be the Johns Hopkins team that reached the Final Four last month. Coach Tony Seaman and his players left Sunday for 10 days in England for a series of games and clinics.

HALL OF FAME LACROSSE CLASSIC

What: The Hall of Fame Lacrosse Classic

When: Tomorrow through Sunday

Where: Homewood Field

Tickets: Tomorrow, free; Friday and Saturday, $5 adults, $3 students under 18; Sunday, $3 adults, $1 students.

Schedule Tomorrow: Baltimore City Middle School Lacrosse League Championship, 3:30 p.m.; North-South Oldtimers Game, 5:30 p.m.; North-South Junior College All-Star Game, 7:30 p.m.

Friday: College Women's All-America Luncheon, Holiday Inn, Timonium, 10 a.m.; College Men's All-America Luncheon, Holiday Inn, Timonium, 12:30 p.m. Information and tickets for both luncheons, (410) 366-5299; Scoop 'n' Shoot championship (preliminary round), 3 p.m.-7 p.m.; Women's College North-South All-Star Game, 3:30 p.m.; Men's Division III North-South All-Star Game, 5 p.m.; Men's Division I North-South All-Star Game, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday: Pinball Youth Lacrosse, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Youth clinic and autograph session, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Scoop 'n' Shoot championship (preliminary round), 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; High School Girls North-South All-Star Game, 11:30 a.m.; U.S. Women's Team vs. Alternates, 1 p.m.; High School Boys North South All-Star Game, 2 p.m.; Central Atlantic Lacrosse League championship, Little Abner's of Arbutus vs. West Chester of New York, 4:30 p.m.; Scoop 'n' Shoot championship finals, 6:45 p.m.; U.S. Club Lacrosse Association championship, Mount Washington vs. Brine of Boston, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday: Maryland Youth Lacrosse Association vs. Anne Arundel County All-Stars: Girls (11-12), noon; Girls (13-14), 1:30 p.m.; Boys (11-12), 2:30 p.m.; Boys (13-14), 4 p.m. Boys (9-10) exhibitions at halftimes.

Information: Lacrosse Foundation, (410) 235-6882

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