The culture of lacrosse is almost as unique as the sport itself. Most people involved don’t simply play the game, but embrace it as a way of life. For instance, many post collegiate men’s tournaments feel more like a festival than a competition, where opponents on the field easily slip in to the role of best friends at a BBQ after the game. Nowhere have I seen this illustrated more completely than at the annual Lake Tahoe Tournament.
Year after year the number of teams looking to find a spot in the late July tournament grows. Unfortunately for them a grandfather rule allows clubs to reclaim spots from the previous summer, and most alumni of the event have no intention of giving their spots up.
Don’t be fooled by his humility. While the beauty of Incline Village in the summer certainly is a major draw, Wegener puts on a first class operation.
Lets start with the competition. Along with a few adventurous eastern clubs, the top teams from the west coast are always well represented. Marin and Olympic Club, who cut their teeth in the competitive Northern California Lacrosse Association’s men’s league, use rosters chalked full of former D1 and MLL players to make a run at the championship on a yearly basis. But it’s not just the guys seeded at the top of their pools that contribute to a competitive weekend, as very few of the 16 teams in attendance offer an easy victory. After dominating a less publicized local tournament four years in a row, the LAS staff team had to fight its way to what could only be described as “about 7th place” and a 2-2 finish. Mind you, this was after picking up a few “ringers” to bolster our roster.
This year’s edition will take place on the weekend of July 24th through the 26th. Marin, Olympic Club, Dub C, and West Sunset have all been given top seeds in their pool and are expected to make the semi-finals, but don’t be surprised to see upset runs by Big Foot (who won their pool last year) and the Rocky Mountain Oysters (new to the field this year but stil garnering a 2nd seed behind West Sunset). Once again the LAS staff will be well represented, and will keep you updated on the action as it unfolds.