Battle of Hampton Roads 2011

Posted: December 18, 2011 in Updates to "A Lacrosse Story?"
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CNU Captains Mens Lacrosse

The Christopher Newport University Men’s Lacrosse Team hosted the Battle of Hampton Roads 7-on-7 Lacrosse Tournament on December 17, 2011. The 7-on-7 format allows for 7 players on a shortened field which provided for some really exciting lacrosse.  7-on-7 is typically played indoors but the Battle of Hampton Roads was played on CNU’s field. There were eight teams entered into the event:

Army of Darkness                                            Richmond, VA

Crown Broyal                                                      Hampton Roads

Deep Run High School                                   Richmond, VA

Godwin High School                                       Richmond, VA

Peninsula Predators                                           Hampton Roads

Richmond Lacrosse Club   (2) Teams        Richmond, VA

Team Venom                                                       Richmond, VA

The 7-on-7 format made for a really exciting day for parents, players, and coaches. Mikey Thompson, Assistant Coach of the CNU Captains said he thought the 7-on-7 format worked very well at CNU and said he might make a few changes that would help promote more action from behind the goal. Coach Thompson, High School All-American  at Richmond Collegiate,  midfielder and  (Captain) University of Virginia 2009  is no stranger to lacrosse and is a great asset for our local lacrosse community. Thompson’s Father played football and lacrosse at Hampden-Sydney, while his grandfather, Wardlaw Thompson, was captain of the UVa lacrosse team in 1947 and 1948.

The Peninsula Predators won the Championship with a victory over Team Venom in the final game of the day.

Latane Harris, # 15 Predators

Latane Harris , Midfielder,  Peninsula Predators was named the MVP of the tournament.  Paul Lapointe,  Goalie,  Peninsula Predators had an absolutely stellar day in the box.  In addition to their time on the field with the Predators, both Harris and Lapointe play for Hampton Roads Academy. The Predators were coached by Steve Powers and are scheduled to play Dick’s Sporting Goods National Tournament of Champions Dec. 30-Jan. 1 in Tampa, FL. The tournament features 80 teams from 20 American states and 2 Canadian provinces  making this one of the most diverse and exciting tournaments in the sport of lacrosse.  The Predators won back to back tournaments this summer to qualify for the tournament and we wish them great success in Florida.

Joe Moreno

Joe Moreno, midfielder,  played for Team Venom and Crown Broyal, Joe did not play in the championship game with Team Venom but played in the semi-final game for Crown Broyal. This was Crown Broyals first-ever tournament as a team and they were coached by Steve King and Rich Blovad.

Joe Moreno Battle of Hampton Roads

Team Venom was coached by Fielding Crawford, Crawford is a 1999 graduate of Christchurch School where he was All-American. He played for  the University of Delaware, then completed a B.S. degree in history education at East Carolina University in 2004.

Crawford’s coaching experience includes an assistant coach position with the East Carolina men’s club team in 2004. He served as coach at Lafayette High School in Williamsburg from 2005–07, and as JV head coach at Deep Run High School in Richmond from 2009–10. In addition to coaching Team Venom, Crawford also serves as the Offensive Coordinator for the University of Richmond Spiders Mens Club Lacrosse Team.  Team Venom began earlier this summer, had a great summer tournament season and also qualifyed for the Dick’s Sporting Goods National Tournament of Champions Dec. 30-Jan. 1 in Tampa, FL but has elected not to accept the invitation because of other commitments.

Overall, the Battle of Hampton Roads was an extremely well-run event that helps to promote high school lacrosse in our area.  We are very grateful to have Head Coach, Todd Boward and the  CNU Captains supporting this event and providing the venue.  Be sure to support them this season by attending their games and supporting the Captains. We wish Coach Boward and the CNU Captains a very successful season. We are also highly thankful for all of the dedicated coaches of all the teams that made this event possible as well as all of the Captains lacrosse players who did all the heavy lifting for the tournament.  Special thanks to Eric Moore, of River City Lacrosse Company who sold us a stadium blanket that I am sure we will bring to next year’s event.

Crown Broyal

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