Stars Come Out for FCA SoCal Alumni Game

FCA lacrosse will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its first-ever lacrosse team this July. The FCA lacrosse experience began in May 1992 when founders Dan Britton and Frank Kelly learned of an opportunity to enter a team the prestigious Vail Lacrosse Shootout that was to be played during the week of July 4th. Despite having only a few weeks’ notice and no team to speak of yet, Britton and Kelly decided to “go for it’ and enter a team. Frank’s wife Gayle booked 20 flights on faith and the family credit card, fully confident that if she bought the tickets they would come. Sure enough the team, which featured Frank and his three brothers, John, David, and Bryan, came together, albeit slowly. The last spot on the flight was filled the night before the trip. After winning their first-round game against an all-star team from North Carolina, the team lined up to play the Green Turtle squad that had won the previous two years’ championships, and was being called the best team ever assembled in the 20-year history of the tournament. After a “miraculous” double overtime victory, the FCA squad went on to upset another highly regarded team in the semi-finals before falling to Mount Washington in the championship. Since that humble beginning, the growth of FCA lacrosse has been almost as miraculous as the 1992 double OT victory over Greene Turtle. Twenty years later FCA lacrosse teams spread from coast to coast, and nearly 2000 FCA players comprising 90 teams (including FCA SoCal) will participate in tournaments this summer.

The local FCA program, FCA SoCal celebrated the 20th anniversary on Saturday afternoon with a stellar example of the growth and success of the FCA Lacrosse program, the first annual FCA SoCal Alumni. FCA SoCal began just four years ago when an FCA team based in Baltimore was looking to fill a few roster openings for the Vail Shootout U-15 tournament, and placed a call for help to and . Miles and Warren gave then seventh graders (St. Margaret’s), (St. Margaret’s), Garrett Parsons (Santa Margarita), and (San Clemente) the opportunity of a lifetime when they recommended the young players for the team that went undefeated, easily won the Vail tournament and then went on to win US LAcrosse and Dick’s Sporting Goods U-15 national championships. FCA SoCal has evolved in just four years from those four players to five teams (two high school, two U-15s, and one U-13 team) that will be playing in tournaments across the country this summer, and continues to provide a steady stream of local talent to the FCA national teams.

Robinson, Parsons, and Garrett (McGowan is recovering from a broken wrist) are now the old veterans on the FCA SoCal Orange team that is populated with some of the best players in Southern California. The Orange team treated dozens of supporters to an enjoyable afternoon on Saturday as they faced off against an all-star group of FCA SoCal alumni stacked with college players. Leading the charge for the alumni were headliners former Lehigh Captain Evan Guerrero and current midfielder Joey Kimpler. The game was surprisingly fast and competetive for an alumni game, and was an excellent tune-up for the current high schoolers who are preparing to play in elite-level tournaments in Coronado this Weekend and the Gait Cup (Gettysburg, Pa) the following week. The alumni used slick ball movement, strong defense, and the wily wisdon that comes with experience to put the young upstarts in their place 10-3.