Washington, DC – Breakout Lacrosse and the DC Lacrosse Association are proud to present the 3rd Annual Breakout Lacrosse DC Classic on Saturday, May 21 at Catholic University.
The Lacrosse Classic consists of games played in the in the nation’s capital featuring six boys’ varsity teams — Georgetown Day, Gonzaga, Sidwell Friends, St. John’s, St. Albans, and Wilson High School — along with invited guest Eleanor Roosevelt High School from Greenbelt, Maryland. The event is sponsored and directed by Breakout Lacrosse, one of the DC Metropolitan area’s fastest growing boys’ and girls’ lacrosse training companies.
Three of the teams — St. Albans, Wilson, and Eleanor Roosevelt — will play two games during the day, while the other four — Gonzaga, Sidwell, St. John’s, and Georgetown Day — will play one apiece. The full schedule is as follows:
9:00 a.m. St. Albans vs. St. John’s
11:00 a.m. Sidwell Friends vs. Eleanor Roosevelt
1:00 p.m. Wilson vs. Georgetown Day
2:30 p.m. Free clinic for boys ages 6-15
3:30 p.m. Wilson vs. Eleanor Roosevelt
5:30 p.m. St. Albans vs. Gonzaga
The 2009 and 2010 Breakout Lacrosse DC Classics were attended by more than 1,000 fans, including then-DC Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, who conducted the coin toss. The DC Lacrosse Classic joined the Baseball Classic, Wrestling Classic, Softball Classic, and All City Football Bowl in showcasing D.C. student-athletes and giving them an opportunity to play in a city-wide competition. While some of those events have come and gone, the DC Lacrosse classic is on year number three and going strong.
“We are excited to showcase our event at a great facility like Catholic University,” said Breakout Lacrosse co-director Matt Breslin, who serves as DC Classic coordinator. “Catholic and its head coach Brooks Singer have been incredibly accommodating, and it is a sign of the growth of the Classic that we needed a larger venue.”
The 2:30 p.m. free clinic, put on by Breakout and the seniors on the Gonzaga squad, is open to experienced lacrosse players and newcomers alike, and no preregistration required. Also, equipment is not required, and the DC Lacrosse Classic will provide sticks for those who need them.
Last spring, Woodrow Wilson High School became the first DC Public School to field a boys’ high school lacrosse team. The Wilson Tigers are coached by Lucius Polk and Harry Alford, former college standouts and professional players-and DC natives, having graduated from St. Albans. This spring, School Without Walls joined the ranks of DC Public Schools fielding a boys’ team, and Breakout hopes to add them to the Classic line-up in 2012.
Admission to the DC Lacrosse Classic is free for students high school age and younger and $5 for adults. Commemorative DC Lacrosse Classic t-shirts, listing all participating schools, will be sold, along with game programs. Concessions will also be sold throughout the day.
Proceeds from the DC Lacrosse Classic will benefit Metro Lacrosse, the Bishop John T. Walker School, and the School Without Walls lacrosse program. MetroLacrosse is a non-profit organization whose mission is to address the social and economic disparities that exist in urban settings by inspiring personal, educational and athletic success among urban youth and teens. The Bishop John T. Walker School, named after the late Bishop of Washington, is a tuition-free Episcopal School in Anacostia for children of low-income families.
“The Breakout DC Lacrosse Classic is a great event and has come a long way from the time when (Gonzaga coach) Casey O’Neill and I first started talking about it in the summer of 2008,” said St. Albans head coach Malcolm Lester, founder of the DC Lacrosse Association and DC Lacrosse Classic. “We are grateful for the leadership of Matt Breslin and Breakout, who have made the Classic better each year. It should be a fantastic day of lacrosse for the teams and the fans who come out to Catholic to watch.”