Collegiate Lacrosse Event Hosted by the Allstate Sugar Bowl park
The Allstate Sugar Bowl continued its extensive involvement with the sport of lacrosse as it sponsored the fourth annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Lacrosse Series on a beautiful weekend (March 7-9) at Pan American Stadium in City Park. The Allstate Sugar Bowl also sponsored the eighth annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Lacrosse Classic, featuring high school teams, Jan. 25-26 at Lafreniere Park in Metairie.
Tournament Preview by Daniel Pyser, President of the University of Miami Men’s Lacrosse Program.
Texas State and Miami were both a perfect 2-0 in the event, with Texas State handling defeating Tennessee and South Carolina. Miami won a pair of close games, topping UL-Lafayette and Houston.
“We are very excited that our lacrosse events continue to expand,” said Paul Hoolahan, Chief Executive Officer of the Allstate Sugar Bowl. “The sport continues to grow around the country and we’re proud to continue to increase lacrosse exposure in New Orleans and Louisiana in keeping with our mission to promote tourism through amateur athletics.”
The weekend of collegiate action included eight collegiate club teams: Alabama, Houston, Louisiana-Lafayette, LSU, Miami, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas State.
Friday, March 7
6 pm: South Carolina 12, Alabama 4 (MVP: Billy Binder)
8:30 pm: Tennessee 8, LSU 5 (MVP: Paul Dingee)
Saturday, March 8
11 am: South Carolina 20, Houston 5 (MVP: Will Scott)
1:30 pm: Texas State 14, Tennessee 6 (MVP: Adrian Hanner)
4 pm: LSU 8, Alabama 6 (MVP: Hunter Stinson)
6:30 pm: Miami 8, UL-Lafayette 7 (MVP: Jacob Werner)
Sunday, March 9
9:30 am: Miami 10, Houston 7 (MVP: James Sexton)
12 pm: Texas State 14, South Carolina 5 (MVP: Will Laurel)
The high school lacrosse weekend, hosted by the Friends of New Orleans Lacrosse (FoNOLax) attracted nearly 60 teams at the varsity, junior varsity and freshman levels, as well as U15, U13 and U11 teams. In addition, this year’s high school event added a girls’ division for the first time in its history. For more information, please visit www.fonolax.com.
Lacrosse is recognized as one of the fastest growing team sports in the United States; the sport has seen youth participation grow over 500 percent since 1999 to nearly 250,000. The Allstate Sugar Bowl Lacrosse Series shows that growth as well. The inaugural Allstate Sugar Bowl high school lacrosse event in 2007 had eight teams participating. Since that time, the event has grown to a capacity slate of nearly 60 teams, while adding a second weekend which highlights collegiate club programs. The collegiate event began with two teams in 2001 and now features a full weekend slate of games.