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Lacrosse tourney seen as success
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
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Georgia Games youth lacrosse event coordinator Andrew Banker places a bronze medal on a player from the high school level Lax Factory team over the weekend at Braly Sports Complex in Dallas.
Georgia Games youth lacrosse event coordinator Andrew Banker places a bronze medal on a player from the high school level Lax Factory team over the weekend at Braly Sports Complex in Dallas.
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For the second year, the Georgia State Games hosted its boys’ lacrosse tournament and almost 1,500 athletes this past weekend at the Braly Sports Complex in Dallas.

For the 2013 youth boys’ lacrosse championship, the games had 52 teams play in this tournament. The event brought teams from all over Georgia, and some from North Carolina as well.

Each team was allowed at least 25 players, totaling almost 1,500 athletes competing in five different divisions – 11U, 13U, 15U, High School and High School Elite.

“I was expecting 52 teams to come and play great games with competitions,” said event coordinator Andrew Banker.

“My main goal was for the players to have fun playing the game of lacrosse. We were close to full capacity for this facility. The Georgia Games Lacrosse Championships brings in many teams. With lacrosse being the fastest growing sport in the U.S., we are only looking up from here,” said Banker.

Last year’s inaugural championship made this event one of the largest championships that the games hosts.

The games’ public relations director Taylor Wood said, “The tournament last year proved to be one of the best for the Georgia Games. We had about 68 teams come out to Dallas, Ga., to participate in the championship last year.”

With such success last year, Wood said they expected to see more growth this year as Banker “has worked tirelessly to market this event to new teams all over the state.”

Banker recruited new sponsors for the event as well – Play It Again Sports, Breakaway, Lax World, SanOzone, Rita’s Italian Ice, Eagle Sportz and Harrow.

In 11U, the Thunder 2020 beat out the Crossfire 9-5 for first place. In the 13U division the Crossfire Orange won over the Lax Factory 10-8. The Thunder took first over the Copperhead Red in the 15U division, while the Georgia Outlaws placed third over the All Out.

For the high school divisions, the Zombie Hunters, white, won against the Zombie Hunters, black, 6-5. The Lax Factory took third after beating the Georgia Revolution 8-5. In the elite division the Georgia Outlaws took down the Crossfire in the championship match 11-4.

“Hopefully this event will continue to grow so eventually we can have one of the biggest lacrosse tournaments in the state,” said Wood.
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