TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 3/6/13
From Press Release
Several boys’ teams ranked by TopLaxRecruits.com – Gilman School (Md.), McDonogh (Md.) and St. Andrew’s School (Fla.) – are among 20 high school teams that will participate in the fourth annual King of Spring Face-Off Classic Friday through Tuesday at various locations in North Carolina.
Durham Academy is hosting the event, which will benefit the Chordoma Foundation. Sponsors include Brine Lacrosse, Lacrosse.com, and Triangle Orthopedics.
The event also features elite college games: Duke vs. Loyola (Friday night) and North Carolina vs. Princeton on Saturday.
Some of the top high school matchups include McDonogh (Under consideration) vs. St. Andrews School (Under consideration) at 8 p.m. Saturday at Duke University’s turf field; and Gilman (ranked No. 12) vs. Texas power Dallas Jesuit at 11 a.m. Tuesday at North Carolina.
The event also will raise awareness for the Chordoma Foundation. Chordoma is a relentless and difficult to treat bone cancer that occurs in the head and spine in people of all ages. The Chordoma Foundation is a nonprofit organization working to improve the lives of chordoma patients by accelerating research to develop effective treatments for chordoma, and by helping patients to get the best care possible.
Justin Straus, a student and friend to many of the school’s lacrosse players, lost his battle with the disease shortly after his 13th birthday. Just before his final decline, Justin made a heroic stand against his disease, communicating his final message in the only way he could, by scrawling across his whiteboard: perseverance.
In honor of Justin, teams will be wearing special “perseverance” jerseys during two matches on Saturday: Durham Academy vs. Providence Day and McDonogh School v. St. Andrews School.
Tournament Director and Durham Academy head coach Jon Lantzy shared his thoughts about the tournaments partnership with the Chordoma Foundation. “The fight against Chordoma is very personal for the Durham Academy community.
“Having lost a very special member of our community in 2008 to this rare form of cancer, we are excited to use the national platform that the King of Spring offers to bring awareness to a form of cancer that does not get enough attention. When I approached my team about tying this event to a greater cause it took all of a second for them to respond with the Chordoma Foundation, we look forward to a long and productive relationship working with the great folks at the Chordoma Foundation.”
Said Chad Watson, Lacrosse.com President: “Lacrosse.com is excited to be involved in the Brine King of Spring again this year. For the fourth straight year the best High School teams converge on the Triangle, NC area for an incredible week of lacrosse. This year’s event is even more special with the raising of awareness of chordoma. Chordoma has affected the local lacrosse community and we are looking forward to working with the Chordoma Foundation moving forward.”
Donations can be made to the Chordoma Foundation at http://www.chordoma.org?or P.O. Box 2127, Durham, NC 27702.
Friday, March 8
Christchurch School (VA) vs. Rockhurst Jesuit (MO) 2:00 pm Duke University Turf
Norfolk Academy (VA) vs. Providence Day School (NC) 3:45 pm Duke University Turf
St. Andrew’s School (FL) vs. STAB (VA) 2:30 pm Durham County Stadium
Charlotte Latin (NC) vs. Blue Ridge School (VA) 4:00 pm Durham County Stadium
Duke University vs. Loyola University 7:00 pm Koskinen Stadium
Saturday, March 9
Christchurch School (VA) vs. Ravenscroft School (NC) 2:00 pm Cardinal Gibbons HS
Broughton (NC) vs. Plano West (TX) 4:00 pm Cardinal Gibbons HS
Apex (NC) vs. Rockhurst Jesuit (MO) 6:00 pm Cardinal Gibbons HS
Cardinal Gibbons (NC) vs. Coppell (TX) 8:00 pm Cardinal Gibbons HS
RJ Reynolds (NC) vs. Blue Ridge School (VA) 4:00 pm Duke University Turf
Durham Academy (NC) vs. Providence Day School (NC) 6:00 pm Duke University Turf
St. Andrew’s School (FL) vs. McDonogh School (MD) 8:00 pm Duke University Turf
Dallas Jesuit (TX) vs. Charlotte Latin (NC) 10:00 am UNC Henry Field
Friends (MD) vs. Highland Park (TX) 5:30 pm UNC Henry Field
Norfolk Academy (NC) vs. Charlotte Country Day (NC) 10:00 am UNC Navy Field
STAB (VA) vs. St. John’s School (TX) 5:30 pm UNC Navy Field
UNC vs. Princeton 12:00 pm Fetzer Field
Sunday, March 10
Coppell (TX) vs. Friends School (MD) 12:30 pm Duke Unversity
Highland Park (TX) vs. Rockhurst Jesuit (MO) 11:00 am Duke Unversity
St. John’s School (TX) vs. Durham Academy (NC) 2:00 pm UNC Henry
Plano West (TX) vs. Friends School (MD) 4:00 pm UNC Henry
Monday March 11
Lake Norman (NC) vs. Highland Park (TX) 6:30 pm Duke University Turf
Dallas Jesuit (TX) vs. East Chapel Hill (NC) 4:30 pm Duke University Turf
McDonogh (MD) vs. Durham Academy (NC) 12:00 pm Durham Academy
St. John’s School (TX) vs. Friends School (MD) 10:00 am Durham Academy
Tuesday March 12
Dallas Jesuit (TX) vs. Gilman School (MD) 11:00 am UNC Henry Stadium
McDonogh (MD) vs. Plano West HS (TX) 12:45 pm UNC Henry Stadium