Orange County based Victory Lacrosse and Crush Lacrosse Club will be among the 16 teams competing in the Silverfin Invitational in Thousand Oaks this Saturday July 20. The Victory and Crush squads will be competing against some of the top teams from Los Angeles and the Conejo Valley. Games will be played at Cal Lutheran University and Newbury Park High School. The one day tournament include U11, U13, U15, and high school divisions with each team guaranteed a minimum of three games. Other teams competing in the tournament include Silverfin Lacrosse (Thousand Oaks), Factory Lacrosse (Palos Verdes), Westchester Wave, Leverage Lacrosse (Los Angeles South Bay), Liv Lax (Los Angeles), and Pasadena Tribe.
The rapid growth of lacrosse in California has fueled a demand for more and more local lacrosse tournaments, and the local lacrosse community has responded admirably. It was not that many years ago that local players and families had only two or three tournaments per summer to choose from unless they wanted to jet off to the east coast to help satiate their lacrosse appetites. With the addition of the Silverfin Invitational and others to the local summer tournament circuit, thats just not the case anymore. Families can now find a lacrosse tournament nearly every weekend without ever leaving the state by participating in the Adrenaline tournaments in San Diego and Sonoma, the Pacific Lacrosse Festival in San Diego, the Cal Lax Classic in San Juan Capistrano, the West Coast Showcase Tournament in Morgan Hill, and the Tribz Lacrosse California Showcase (August 3-4 at the Great Park in Irvine). The plethora of local tournaments like the Silverfin Classic are great news for those families that do not want spend thousands of dollars or go through the inconvenience of traveling to the other side of country to play a little lax. We expect that as year-round lacrosse becomes more affordable and more convenient for southern Californians, it will appeal to a a broader audience and inspire even more growth in the sport. Don’t be surprised if in five years even the most ardent and ambitious lacrosse players are choosing to spend more time close to home.
A schedule for the weekend is available at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0Amx3DfwA2KsFdGZEdGRPU1FhR3NnZWFUc3IzRDZ2RGc&output=html