A total of 30 high school, collegiate, and post-collegiate women’s lacrosse teams from as far away as Fresno showed up at UCI last Saturday for the fifth annual Beach Breakaway. The annual fundraiser helps to keep dues affordable for the UCI students playing on the school’s student-run club team.
The Beach Breakaway is 100% organized, coordinated, and operated by the Anteater players. Bridget McElligott, a tournament director, reported that all six fields at UCI were occupied for most of the day on Saturday, keeping the Anteater players so busy working that they did not have time to play in their own tournament.
The tournament format was pool play with three divisions: collegiate, high school varsity, and high school JV. The seven collegiate/post-collegiate teams included UCLA A and B teams, USC, CSU Fullerton, CSU San Marcos, Biola, Fresno, and Tri-Check. The high school field included 14 varsity and 9 JV teams.
McElligot said the coaches like the pool play format because it allows them more freedom to tinker with players, plays, and lineups to see what might work best in the spring.
McElligot who helps coach the Woodbridge girls’ lacrosse team in her spare time between studying, playing, and organizing tournaments, said she used her high school contacts to help spread the word to local high school teams. Former Santa Margarita coach and current UCI coach Bob Mezeul also was instrumental in drawing high school teams.
Teams interested in participating in next year’s Beach Breakaway should visit uciwomenslacrosse.com. Registration will open in late July or early August.
About UCI Women’s Lacrosse
UCI Women’s Lacrosse is a student-run Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (WCLA) Division II lacrosse team. As an organization, our goal is to not only play lacrosse competitively but to also foster a community and create meaningful, lasting memories, all while perfecting our sport.