On Tuesday, the Utah Lacrosse Association Men’s & Women’s Summer League officially began play with three games highlighting the opening day schedule for both leagues . On the Men’s side, the Sugar Honey Iced Teas beat the Bees Knees by the score of 10-2. The Clams took care of business against Tribe Lacrosse, winning 8-4. In the nightcap, the Tropic Thunder beat the Spyder Monkeys 12-4.
“This year the league has grown to 12 teams including 2 free agent teams,” said Men’s League Commissioner Drew Bicker. “Teams are stacked with talent including recently graduated All-Americans to All-American players from the past couple decades. Many players have played high level college lacrosse; many have only played a few years in high school. Some teams have been around for almost a decade and several are experiencing the league for the first time.”
Bicker continues, “This league is a chance for those players who are done with high school to continue to play lacrosse and compete with friends. The culture of Men’s League is meant to be fun and competitive. There are playoffs and a championship game at the end of the season. Players are encouraged to remember they are examples in the lacrosse community and to honor the game on and off the field. On the field players display a fast paced and transition filled style of lacrosse. Believe it or not, many of these older guys can still get up and down the field in a hurry. Off the field many of the players are coaches, officials, club representatives, or local lacrosse business owners.”
This year there are 3 local businesses representing teams in the Men’s league: Tribal West, Face-Off and newcomer Storm Lacrosse. Recurring teams include the Buckeyes, Blumps, Bees Knees and reining champions the Clams. Besides Storm Lacrosse, other new teams to the league this year are Sugar Honey Iced Tea, Giraffes, Rip City and the two free agent teams, Tropic Thunder and Spyder Monkeys.
On the Women’s side, Big Sandy, Mamaci College, The Bandits, Utah Valley, Timber Tigers, Tribe Women, Utes and Free Agents will vie for the title.
If you are interested in watching some entertaining and sometimes jaw dropping lacrosse you can come watch the games at Alta Canyon Park this summer.
Men’s Games are played on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 6pm, 7:15pm and 8:30pm. Women’s games are played on Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30pm, 7:30pm and 8:30pm. Schedules are posted on the Utah Lacrosse Association website.
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