With nearly 90 men's teams entered into the War at the Shore and no posted rosters, it is a logistical nightmare to try to cover all games/teams/uniforms/players. Each team plays three games on Saturday spread out over about a 9-hour block of time. Each team is guaranteed at least one game on Sunday. The A-Division is considered to be the top level, with all teams advancing to the playoff bracket on Sunday. The B-division goes into a winners/losers bracket format for Sunday. So a complicated formula takes all games from the 64 B-division teams on Saturday, and makes a B Playoff Group and a C Playoff group on Sunday.
Team Mesa Fresh in the A-division was loaded with Division I players such as Johns Hopkins' rising seniors midfielder Matt Dolente and attackman Kyle Wharton, Virginia senior midfielder John Haldy, as well as Loyola senior goalie Jake Hagelin, just to name a few. Mesa Fresh ran through the competition on Saturday and survived some closer games to be named the A-Division Champs for 2010.
The Red Tide earned the B-division Championship, while Team Lagunitas earned the C-division Championship.
As with many summer tournaments, the real story is in the uniforms. Teams spend a lot of time designing their summer kits. Some of the author's favorites were:
-the throwbacks to Rocky from the USA Chay team
-the nod to Nintendo's Duck Hunt from the Jersey Shore Elite Team
-Boats n Hoes life preserver jersey
-the Tuxedo performance shirt by Hangover Lacrosse was a fan favorite
-the Killer Bees Wu-Tang theme
-the Cowboys's shorts with the denim theme
All-in-all there were a lot of great efforts on the field and in designing the uniforms, all of which go into making summer ball fun. It also gave college players a chance to join forces with guys from other teams. Some high school helmets could be seen - intentionally worn by some college All-Americans attempting to hide their identity, as well as from some high school players taking part in the tournament. Lots of big-time college helmets littered the fields as well. Check out the pictures from the tournament to see all in action.
There was a mish-mash of rules combing NCAA Rules such as a 10-second count to get it back into the offensive box with the Club rules where teams can play with six longpoles on the field as well as dive into the crease (the goal counts as long as it crosses the line before you land in the crease).
Summer lacrosse also gives some of the old-timers and long-time War at the Shore participants a chance to catch up. One goalie on Tri-State dated himself, by sharing to anyone that would listen, "my college helmet was a Bacharach." If you don't get it, you're too young.
All in good fun each summer when lacrosse visits the Jersey Shore.