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More than 1,000 lacrosse players will descend upon the Warhill Sports Complex for this weekend’s fourth annual Summer Celebration boys lacrosse tournament.
The Summer Celebration tournament, taking place Saturday, will draw 63 teams from across Virginia and Maryland for a one-day, group play tournament in which each participating team is guaranteed at least three games.
The Williamsburg Lacrosse Club will be sporting five teams in this weekend’s tournament, one in each age group – U9, U11, U13, U15, junior varsity and varsity – except the junior varsity division.
The Peninsula Patriots, a lacrosse club that draws players from Williamsburg, Yorktown and Newport News will also have five teams competing in the tournament.
Mark Hofmeister, director of the Williamsburg Lacrosse Club, said the tournament has been well-received across the state and is one of few tournaments of its kind to be held locally during the summer.
“It’s pretty well received and it’s very well run,” Hofmeister said of the Summer Celebration tournament. “I think anyone looking for a summer tournament, it’s a great venue.”
Most of the teams taking part in the tournament are travel teams, which draw from several different programs and schools to fill out a roster. As such, the competitiveness of each team in the tournament can vary depending on how popular lacrosse is in each respective part of the state.
The Summer Celebration hopes to avoid drastic skill-level disparities by polling coaches before the tournament about their team’s experience and competitiveness. After the polling is completed, tournament officials try to assign each team to a bracket that will feature similarly skilled teams.
This system has led to a competitive tournament that has challenged Hofmeister’s teams in the past. He expects this year’s tournament to be no different.
“I think we’re probably competitive at all levels,” he said about his expectations heading into this weekend’s tournament. “Every time you play your expectations are to win. You’ve got to play well. I would say you have to play well to win this tournament. You can’t have a bad game, because one bad game and you’re done.”
The first games will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday and will be played across 11 fields, including Wanner Stadium, at the Warhill Sports Complex. The tournament is expected to last all day, with the final games slated to begin after 5 p.m.
Spectators are welcome to watch the tournament, which is open to the public and is free to attend.
For more information about the Summer Celebration tournament, click here.