BALTIMORE – Memorial Day weekend boasts some of the best lacrosse in the country. In addition to the NCAA tournaments, US Lacrosse is hosting the Women’s Division National Tournament (WDNT). The event, presented by deBeer and the Heather Leigh Albert Foundation, will take place in Bel Air, Md. at Cedar Lane Regional Park, May 29-30. Tournament highlights include: seven division championships, a high school senior all-star game, an international exhibition game and the premier recruiting opportunity for high school players.
The WDNT was established in 1933 and was originally created to showcase the best post-collegiate and club women's lacrosse players. Since that time, it has grown to showcase schoolgirls, high school seniors, international teams, players wishing to try out for the U19 U.S. Women’s National Team and players age 18 and older wishing to try out for the U.S. Women’s National Team.
"US Lacrosse is proud to host the 77th annual Women’s Division National Tournament," said US Lacrosse’s Women’s Division Director, Ann Kitt Carpenetti. "Memorial Day weekend is a huge weekend for lacrosse in the United States. Bringing the world of lacrosse together for a weekend, promises to be nothing short of spectacular."
One of the three divisions is a Schoolgirls’ Division open to players in grades 9-11. This year 55 teams will be placed into six brackets. In this division, a selection of girls will simultaneously try out for the U19 U.S. Women’s National Team while playing tournament games. The Federation of International Lacrosse U19 Women's World Championships will be held in Hanover, Germany in summer 2011.
The Senior Only Division consists of high school seniors who are placed on teams by a committee of the Women's Division Coach's Council. Teams will compete in two pools with round robin play. There will be college coaches in attendance for both the Schoolgirls’ and Senior Only Division games.
The Stars & Stripes Division is a separate event in conjunction with the WDNT. This division will showcase eight teams of players age 18 and older who wish to stand for selection to the U.S. Women’s National Team. Spots for this tournament have already been filled. This is the first of a two-round tryout for the team; the second round will take place at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) from July 30 to August 1, 2010.
The annual high school all-star game features two teams of the top seniors from the Senior Only Division. This game will take place on Saturday, May 29 at 5:00 p.m. On Sunday, May 30 at 10:00 a.m. the Canadian Women’s National Team is scheduled to play team Haudenosaunee; this Six Nations National Team was granted their own country status to compete in Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships and other events.
The Schoolgirls’ Division’s games begin at 8:00 a.m. and the Senior Only Division’s games begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 29. The championship game for the Senior Only Division will be played at 1:00 p.m. and the Schoolgirls’ Division championship game will be played at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 30. The schedule of events is in sync with NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championships at Towson University to allow for participation in the games.
For more information on the tournament schedule, including rules, applications, player, coach, college coach, and umpire registration; and more, please visit the event web site.
About deBeer Lacrosse
deBeer Lacrosse® is the authentic manufacturer of women’s lacrosse equipment in the United States. deBeer Lacrosse® is the Official Sponsor of the Women’s US Lacrosse Team and many top women’s collegiate lacrosse teams. For more information, please visit www.debeerlacrosse.com.
About The Heather Leigh Albert Foundation
The HLA Lacrosse Foundation is a nonprofit organization and was established in 1993 to promote and improve women’s youth lacrosse across the Nation. The Foundation is committed to the annual Women’s Division National Tournament, US Lacrosse, The HLA National Schoolgirl Award, local camps & clinics to Team HLA. For more information, please visit www.hla-foundation.com.
About US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. US Lacrosse has more than 300,000 members in 63 regional chapters around the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse strives to provide programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the game. To learn more about US Lacrosse, please visit www.uslacrosse.org.