Team Toyota seeking revenge in 3-day Eastern Shore Classic LoCascio and Long Island won't be willing partners

August 23, 1996|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Given its druthers, the Toyota-Chesapeake Lacrosse Club jTC would prefer to play Long Island LC in the final of the second annual Eastern Shore Lacrosse Classic Sunday at Northside Park in Ocean City.

Team Toyota, powered by the Gait brothers and many other World Team players, is revved up to get back at the Long Island club for cutting it off in the final of both the U.S. Club Lacrosse Association championship and the Vail (Colo.) Lacrosse Shootout.

For Toyota to exact revenge -- in the event the two teams do make it to the final -- it will have to solve Long Island goalie Sal LoCascio. Possibly the game's best goalie, LoCascio has had Toyota's number in the past two outings, which ended with identical 13-7 margins.

Attackman Mark Millon, who was out with an injury in both of Team Toyota's losses, is scheduled to be in uniform today when the 14-team tournament kicks off at 10 a.m. Millon is an All-World selection who attracts a crowd of defenders every time he gets near the ball and could prove to be the difference in the three-day tourney.

The competition was designed to expose youngsters on the Eastern Shore to the highest level of lacrosse while raising money for the region's youth lacrosse association.

"Lacrosse is only played in a handful of schools down here and the main reason is money, or lack thereof," said Steve Pappas, who is directing the tournament along with Loyola College coach Dave Cottle. "Lacrosse is an expensive sport and the cost of equipment is detrimental to its growth. The money we raise will help give the kids on the Eastern Shore a chance to be successful."

Vacationers and locals who venture out to Northside Park, located on 125th Street, will get to see some of the best players in the sport. The Mount Washington LC, which will represent M.R. Ducks in Ocean City, has a host of talented local players, including Rob Shek, Butch Marino, Michael Watson and Tim Whiteley.

Admission is free for children 10 and under and $2 for adults.

Tournament data

What: 2nd annual Eastern Shore Lacrosse Classic

When: Today, tomorrow and Sunday.

Where: Northside Park in Ocean City (125th Street).

Pub Date: 8/23/96

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