Lacrosse: Tahoe Dawgs lose three
August 5, 2004
After 21 games played over three days at the Incline Village Green from July 30 to Aug. 1, the men’s Lake Tahoe Lacrosse Tournament championship went to Marin for the second consecutive year.
“This feels great,” said goalie Patrick Brown. “It’s kind of like our home tournament. Our offense really moved the ball around a lot, creating some great scoring opportunities.”
The Marin team, playing with six All-Americans on its roster, defeated Olympic Club, 13-5, in the final game after advancing past the Crosby’s sponsored Rocky Mountain Oysters, 9-6, in the semi-finals. Olympic Club moved into the finals bracket after narrowly overcoming Golden Gate, 9-7, in the semis.
Team Alcatraz beat Stinson, 8-5, in the women’s final. Stinson took an early lead, but Alcatraz came back to claim the championship. Six women’s teams competed in the tournament.
The Tahoe Dawgs, representing the Basin lacrosse contingent, dropped its first three games in the tournament, 1-12, to Golden Gate; 3-12 to SLO Town and 4-8 to Whiskey Tango and won versus So Cal in the consolation bracket on Sunday by forfeit.
“We had players from age 14 to 44,” said tournament originator and Dawgs goalie Curt Wegener. “We play together once a year for four games. I’m amazed at the fact we have fielded a team from Tahoe for the past 11 years and am proud of the effort all of the players put into the games. While we could not have competed with a Marin, Crosby’s Rocky Mountain Oysters or Olympic Club, we did improve with every game.”
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Chuck Merdinger presented the championship plaque after the tournament was over. Merdinger played lacrosse at the Naval Academy from 1941 to 1945 and helped arrange the first lacrosse demonstration game in the 1948 Olympics.
“Hearing Chuck’s history of playing lacrosse at the Naval Academy in 1941, receiving All-American honors at RPI (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) in 1946 and bringing lacrosse to the 1948 Olympics in London as a demonstration sport reminded me of just how great a game this truly is,” said Wegener.
Fifteen teams showed up to compete in last weekend’s three-day tournament, held in Incline for the 11th consecutive year.