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America’s oldest game showcased in Incline tourney

Wendy Lautner, Sun News Service

Brian D. Schultz/Sun file photoMembers of the Tahoe Dawgs (white) lacrosse team battle the opposition in the 2002 Lake Tahoe Lacrosse Tournament.

Surviving six centuries is no easy feat. But North Americas oldest game, lacrosse, is bound to seem livelier than ever when 16 mens and six womens teams grace Incline Village fields in the three-day Lake Tahoe Lacrosse Tournament starting Friday, July 30.Local business owner and lacrosse player Curt Wegener helped bring this weekends tournament to the Incline Village Green in 1994, where its been played the last weekend in July ever since. The event is sponsored by Brine Lacrosse Equipment Manufacturing and Lake Tahoe Brewing Company. Wegener grew up on the east coast where the sport of lacrosse receives more attention than it does on the west coast. After playing for Syracuse University, Wegener continued to play club ball from 1985 to 1992.When Wegener moved to Incline in 1992, he figured his lacrosse days were over.One day my mother-in-law picked up a Bonanza and told me about a lacrosse tournament in Tahoe Vista, he said. I went over to the tournament and asked if I could play on a team. The rest is history. In 1994, Wegener helped form the Tahoe Dawgs team, a local pick-up mens lacrosse team that practices Sunday afternoons at North Tahoe High School at 4:30 p.m. during the summer.Were always at a disadvantage because we dont play year-round lacrosse like the teams in the Bay Area do, he said. The Dawgs will be the only local team competing in the tournament against teams from as far as Colorado and Utah. This tournament offers the best lacrosse people will ever get to see in this area, Wegener said. The same is true for the womens bracket, according to tournament organizer Michelle Lynch. This tournament is part of Nor Cal Womens Lacrosse league, she said. Most of the players have played collegiate, or collegiate club. Traditionally, the teams from San Francisco have been hard to beat, but Lynch said that this year it is anybodys game. Hopefully it will be a pretty balanced field, she said. Womens teams from as far as Southern California and Utah will play at the Incline High School fields for the first time this year. Its a very welcoming place to have a tournament, Lynch said. Were looking forward to having our fields closer to the mens tournament so spectators can see both. Last year the womens tournament was played in Tahoe Vista. Spectators are welcome to watch games played on the Village Green and high school fields. Admission is free.For more information, visit http://www.ncwal.com or http://www.uslacrossepacific.org.

When lacrosse, sometimes referred to as an airborne version of hockey, was invented by Native Americans in the 15th Century, games were played from sunup until sundown over three consecutive days and teams consisted of between 100 and 1,000 players. Teams played to settle tribal disputes and to toughen their players for battle.Today there are 10 positions on a team (one goalie, three attackmen, three midfielders and three defensemen). The object: Put a 5 oz. hard-rubber ball into the opponents net using a long-handled stick with a triangular pocket at the end, while keeping the opponent from doing the same.Like soccer, lacrosse is played on an open field with goals at both ends; like hockey, the players carry sticks and can roam behind the net; like basketball, the offensive players set picks and run patterned offenses and fast breaks, while the defenses are man-to-man or zone.

SATURDAY SCHEDULE:TimeLocationMatchup8:30 9:15 a.m.Incline High SchoolSan Diego vs. SF Alcatraz9:30 10:15 a.m.Incline High SchoolTribal West vs. Tricheck10:30 11:15 a.m.Incline High SchoolSan Diego vs. CA Lacrosse 11:30 12:15 p.m.Incline High SchoolSF Stinson vs. SF Alcatraz12:30 1:15 p.m.Incline High SchoolSan Diego vs. Tricheck1:30 2:15 p.m.Incline High SchoolTribal West vs. CA Lacrosse2:30 3:15 p.m.Incline High SchoolSF Stinson vs. Tricheck3:30 4:15 p.m.Incline High SchoolTribal West vs. SF Alcatraz4:30 5:15 p.m.Incline High SchoolSF Stinson vs. CA LacrosseSUNDAY SCHEDULE 10:00 10:45 a.m.Incline High School5th vs. 6th11:00 11:45 a.m.Incline High School1st vs. 4th12:00 12:45 a.m.Incline High School2nd vs. 3rd WOMENS FINAL3:30 4:15 p.m.Village GreenWinners of G2 & G3

FRIDAY SCHEDULE (* All games at Village Green)TimeLocation*Matchup11 a.m.Field #1Dub C vs. Vocal Artillery Field #2Marin vs. CA Lax Co.12:15Field #1Rocky Mountain Oysters vs. Clif BarField #2Usual Suspects vs. S.O.L.1:30 p.m.Field #1Marin vs. Vocal ArtilleryField #2Dub C vs. CA Lax Co.2:45 p.m.Field #1Usual Suspects vs.. Clif BarField #2Rocky Mountain Oysters vs.. S.O.L.4 p.m.Field #1SLO Town vs. Whiskey TangoField #2SF/Barbary vs. Tahoe Dawgs5:15 p.m.Field #1Gold Bond vs. Palo AltoField #2O Club vs. So. CalSATURDAY SCHEDULE10 a.m.Field #1Marin vs. Dub C Field #2Vocal Artillery vs. CA Lax Co.11:15 a.m.Field #1Usual Suspects vs. Rocky Mountain OystersField #2Clif Bar vs. S.O.L.12:30 a.m.Field #1SLO Town vs. Tahoe DawgsField #2SF/Barbary vs. Whiskey Tango1:45 p.m.Field #1O Club vs. Palo AltoField #2Gold Bond vs. So. Cal3 p.m.Field #1SF/Barbary vs. SLO TownField #2Tahoe Dawgs vs. Whiskey Tango4:15 p.m.Field #1O Club vs. Gold Bond Field #2Palo Alto vs. So CalSUNDAY SCHEDULE9:30 a.m.Field #1Consolation game10:30 a.m.Field # 1Semi-final Group A vs. B11:45 a.m.Field # 1Semi-final Group C vs. D1 p.m.Field # 1Consolation game2 p.m.Field # 1Championship game9:30Field # 2Consolation game10:30Field # 2Consolation game11:30Field # 2Consolation game