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Team Harley Davidson won the Masters Division (35 years +) Championship at this weekend’s MD State Lacrosse Games tournament run by Jim Huelskamp.  Team Harley had already blown through their first 3 games, including a semi-final win over Mr. Boh, to setup a championship match up with Koopers.  Many expected Koopers to give them a much tougher match up than the previous 3 games.  Harley attackman Rob Bates (2 goals) opened the scoring with a nifty inside move.  Koopers quickly retaliated to tie the game at 1-1.  Harley scored to go up 2-1 before the 1st quarter ended.  After a long scoring drought, Koopers scored the first goal of the second quareter to even the game at 2 goals apiece.  Harley then responded with 2 goals including an outside man-up rip from Scott Joyner (3 goals).  The first half ended with Team Harley up 4-2. The game was hard hitting throughout on both sides.  Harley extended their suffocating defense that they showed throughout the tournament.

Harley quickly pulled away in the 2nd half with 3 straight goals.  Koopers added one to pull within four goals going into the 4th quarter.  Harley’s defense shut out Koopers in the 4th quarter and added three goals of their own including one from defenseman Cort Sandstrom.  Harley goalies Rodney Rullman and Chris Mitzel played great throughout.  Rullman turned away a barrage of shots early in the 1st quarter, and Mitzel limited Koopers to just one 2nd half goal.  The 10-3 Harley victory was another in a long history of titles for this team that rarely loses.  This team is largely a carry-over from the former dominate Toyota masters team.  Baltimore area club legends like Mark Hahn, Mark Hoffman, Glenn Norris, and Cort Sandstrom all added another club championship to their resumes.

tournament_image_13Its summer time and you know that can only mean one thing. Lacrosse Tournament season! If you’re a lacrosse enthusiast this time of year is great. There’s no slowing down of the offense, the defenders come out and chase and it’s all run and gun.

This weekend is the Maryland State of Lacrosse Games which is being hosted in Howard County, MD. This tournament was formerly the Charm City Classic (played in Baltimore City’s Patterson Park) a few years back but was moved for convenience reasons and they definitely made a great choice by doing so.

The new venues are amazing. Howard County Parks offer brand new state of the art turf fields plenty of parking and offers a great atmosphere for the games. The tournament will be held over 3 different sites, but even if that takes away from the allure of the bigger tournaments, it offers a break from all the hectic running around in between games. Most teams will be stationed at one spot all weekend which encourages sticking around in between games and watching the competition.

This year’s tournament consists of 32 teams in 5 divisions (Grand Masters, Masters, Elite 1, Elite 2 and a Women’s bracket).

The Men’s Elite division has continuously offered the chance to see top Division 1 players, All-American’s and some of the best post-collegiate teams around. If you live in the Howard County area or are only a short drive away, you should definitely pack up the family, sunscreen and shades and come check out the games this weekend.

For schedules, directions and more information go to www.laxclassic.com.

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