Sports - July 13, 2011

Lacrosse: Firehawks win Surf City tourney

by Caitlin Moyles

The Firehawks lacrosse club's Under 9 boys' team took the Surf City Lacrosse Tournament in Santa Cruz on May 7 after winning seven straight games in one day, said Tom Barnds, a Woodside resident and team coach who last year helped lead the Under 9 boys' team to victory in the same tournament.

"It was quite a marathon," said Mr. Barnds of the seven games, which were 25 minutes each. "The kids had huge smiles on their faces at the end of the day."

The players reside in Woodside, Portola Valley, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, San Carlos and Redwood City.

The Firehawks lacrosse club was founded in 2006 by Doug Appleton and has grown to include 350 players with 100 people on a wait list, Mr. Barnds said. The club now has boys' and girls' teams in the Under 9, Under 11, Under 13, and Under 15 age categories. It is now one of the largest youth lacrosse teams in the area, he said.

Mr. Barnds added that although lacrosse is traditionally a New England sport, it has become increasingly popular in California over the past 20 years.

"Today, California has more lacrosse players than any other state," he said.


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