OCEAN CITY- Ocean City will become the center of the lacrosse universe this weekend when some of the top men’s and women’s lacrosse teams in the country descend on the resort for the 22ndAnnual Ocean City Lacrosse Classic.
The annual tournament got underway on Wednesday with the Rolling Surf Wheelchair Lacrosse division playing games at Northside Park. On Thursday, opening round games were played in the Masters and Grand Masters divisions at the Northern Worcester Athletic Complex in Berlin. Northside Park in Ocean City continues to be tournament headquarters and most of the action all weekend will take place there, but because of the growth of the tournament in recent years, some early round games will be played at the other venues including Most Blessed Sacrament School, the Northern Worcester Athletic Complex and the Ocean City fields downtown at 4th Street.
From modest beginnings in 1993, the Ocean City Lacrosse Classic has grown to become one of the sport’s most highly anticipated events. Last year, over 100 teams participated, but that number will likely grow again this year including two divisions of men’s elite teams, a women’s elite division, along with men’s masters teams. In addition, the Men’s Trident Division will feature players 45 and over and the King Neptune Division featuring players over 50 still interested in playing competitive lacrosse.