Clemson Men’s Lacrosse to host 5th Annual Southern Comfort Fall Lacrosse Tournament November 5-6, 2011
Clemson, SC – The Clemson’s Men’s Lacrosse Team will welcome 5 collegiate teams and 6 high school teams to Nettles Park in Clemson for two days of competition commencing on Saturday, November 5th at 9:00 am.
Participating collegiate teams will include the University of South Carolina, University of North Carolina, Savannah College of Art & Design, College of Charleston, Kennesaw State as well as Clemson. The high school field will consist of a number of upstate based programs such as Tomahawk and Upstate Lacrosse as well as programs from the Low Country and the Farragut Program from Knoxville, TN.
Highlighting the high school side of the event will be the presence on Saturday of the St. Francis Xavier Lacrosse Academy from Edmonton, Canada. The Canadian team will arrive in Greenville mid week and participate in practices with several high school programs before competing in the tournament.
“We’re both excited and honored that St. Francis Xavier decided to come to Greenville this year,” states Clemson head coach Buff Grubb. “It should be an educational experience for everyone involved and their presence speaks to both the growth of the game of lacrosse and to the emergence of lacrosse in the state of South Carolina.”
“My sense is that their interest in our area was enhanced by the fact that Greenville will host the 2012 Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) national championships next May. People in the lacrosse world are starting to take note of how lacrosse has taken hold in South Carolina.”
Speaking to the collegiate field, Grubb states “We’re very pleased with the line-up of this year’s field. Our goal with the “SOCO tourney” is to wrap up our fall season with the opportunity for our players to experience serious competition in preparation for the 2012 spring season. This field fulfills that goal very well.”
Clemson finished the 2011 season with a 14-2 record and a national MCLA ranking of 15th in the country. Included in that record was a classic 8-7 double overtime win over South Carolina. “You can rest assured that both our kids and theirs will not be approaching this game as if it’s a preseason game. Whenever these two schools get together, there’s something big at stake”, says Grubb. The Tigers and Gamecocks are scheduled to face-off mid-afternoon on Saturday the 5th.
“USC is not the only competition we face this weekend. UNC is a strong team and one we don’t normally see as they are not eligible for MCLA membership. SCAD and Kennesaw State are top tier teams in MCLA’s DII. Charleston is a relatively new program but is rapidly becoming established. This weekend will not be a walk in the park for us but that’s what we wanted and needed to get us ready for spring 2012.”
College and high school games will alternate beginning at 9 am on Saturday the 5th, with each team playing 3 games on Saturday. Play will resume on Sunday at 9:30 am and conclude with 2 additional games for each squad.