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April 5, 2011

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Would-Be Queens? Cincy Team Aims for U15 Title

by Paul Krome | LaxMagazine.com

Madison LeMay, here for the Cincinnati All-Stars in a 2010 US Lacrosse U13 Lax Fest game against Houston, is expected to be one of several dozen players to try out for the Southern Ohio All-Stars team that will compete for the US Lacrosse U15 Southeast Regional Championship in June.

© Dan Utt

Register your team today for the US Lacrosse U15 Central (Arlington, Texas) or Southeast (Raleigh, N.C.) Regional Championships. Deadline is April 15.

Fitting, that a team from the Queen City would attempt to become queens of the under-15 girls' lacrosse world.

According to Cincinnati-area youth coach Dan Utt, that's exactly what players in that corner of Ohio want.

Having entered the participation-focused US Lacrosse Lax Fests, which do not crown champions, in previous years, area girls' lacrosse players told Utt and other coaches they wanted to compete more, and thus the Southern Ohio All-Stars will join dozens of other teams this spring and summer on the road to the US Lacrosse U15 National Championships, presented by Champion.

"They wanted to compete and to see how they rate nationally," said Utt, who will join coaches John Christopher and Blayne Smith on a team that will play for the US Lacrosse U15 Southeast Regional Championship, also presented by Champion, June 17-19 in Raleigh, N.C. "They want to showcase the talent in southwestern Ohio."

Somewhere, Dr. Johnny Fever is smiling, although it's likely none of the tunes the fictitious "WKRP in Cincinnati" DJ spun have made their way to current players' iPods.

Still, the Southern Ohio All-Stars' entrance into one of the four US Lacrosse U15 Regional Championships speaks to the game's growth in the Cincinnati area.

"That's a scenario we've heard from other youth program directors around the country — the desire of U15 players to participate in a more competitively-oriented US Lacrosse event," said Beth Porreca, director of special events at US Lacrosse.

"That partly fueled the expansion of the US Lacrosse U15 National Championship this year to begin with the four regional championships."

As Utt points out, competition does not exclude participation at these US Lacrosse events.

The Southern Ohio Chapter of US Lacrosse plans to send a boys' team and a girls' team to participate at the U13 level in the US Lacrosse Lax Fest in Raleigh, which is running alongside the U15 Southeast Regional Championship at the CASL Soccer Complex.

"We're trying to make the trip to North Carolina a fun, family event," Utt said.

Other U15 Regional Championships and multi-age Lax Fests are scheduled for May 20-22 in Amherst, Mass., and June 10-12 in Arlington, Texas.

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