20 Elite men’s teams are signed up and rearing to go for the 2012 Salt Shakerz’ Invitational, which will once again be held in the most excellent New York City. The Salt Shakerz are very excited to bring teams together from across lax-nation to kick off the summer tournament season in style with a unique lacrosse experience in the Shakerz’ birthplace; the city that never sleeps.
The 2nd annual SSZ Invitational will once again be played on the southern tip of Randall’s Island, which will provide one of the coolest and most picturesque backdrops for lacrosse anywhere: the NYC skyline. The tournament is open to men’s elite club teams, but will also feature women’s exhibitions games between the Shakerz’ sister program, the Cayenne Pepperz, and Team Chill-Lax Wear.
And VERY importantly, like last year’s tournament, a portion of the proceeds from the 2012 SSZ Invitational will be donated to benefit the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer!
Every team participating in the 2012 Invitational will be guaranteed to play four games, with the playoffs and consolation games being held on Sunday (July 1). The tournament teams will be split up into 5 groups of 4 teams, each representing a New York City “borough” for round-robin play, with the top seeds of each borough advancing to the playoffs.
Based on the latest schedule, the top 1 or 2 teams in each borough will advance to the playoffs on Sunday, while the remaining 2 teams in each borough will have a consolation game to play, which will also be held on Sunday. Each team is guaranteed a minimum of 4 games over the course of the weekend, which means even more lax than last year!
Here are many of the participating teams:
Salt Shakerz – Team Lax Often
Salt Shakerz – Team Pass the Salt
Bucks Lacrosse Club
Sea of Green
If the promise of great lacrosse action and a chance to witness/purchase some amazing lax swag does not provide you with enough motivation, the 2012 SSZ Invitational is once again partnering with Mad River Bar & Grille to host a massive post-tourney party on Saturday evening in NYC with amazing food and drink specials all night.
The Invitational will again feature a vendor village in order to showcase the Salt Shakerz’ loyal lacrosse equipment and apparel partners, and it promises to be better than ever.
In an effort to make the tournament even more accessible (and to put you within walking distance of Mad River!) the Shakerz have blocked off a group of discounted hotel rooms at the nearby Courtyard Marriott on 92nd St (Courtyard Marriott Upper East Side, 410 East 92nd Street, New York, NY). Call (212) 410-6777 to make a reservation and mention “Salt Shakerz” to get the reduced rate. BOOK YOUR HOTEL ROOMS ASAP!!!
About the Salt Shakerz: The Salt Shakerz Lacrosse club is a post-collegiate traveling lacrosse team originating out of the New York City metro area. The Shakerz came together in the fall of 2008 when CJ Greene (Villanova University 00′) and Co. began talking about putting a competitive team together of “good guys” both on and off the field. The name ‘Salt Shakerz” is derived from the expression; ‘Pass the Salt’—or in Lax vernacular ‘keep it hot,’ ‘Spin it,’ or ‘one more’. The moniker pays homage to what the club likes to embody: unselfish and tasty play.
It goes without saying that people like to lax with guys they get along with, and that has been the goal of the team since day one. Obviously everyone wants to win, but for this group, no one player has been bigger than the team. That being said, the club still puts together a talented squad. The Salt Shakerz roster includes current and former MLL, NLL, and LXM Pro Players-all the way to college club and MCLA guys. The Shakerz rotate playing in the various tournaments based on the event and geography.