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Top-flight lacrosse tournament returning to Incline Village

Sylas Wright
Sierra Sun

Curt Wegener offered one simple yet convincing reason to attend this weekendand#8217;s 21st Annual Lake Tahoe Lacrosse Tournament in Incline Village.

and#8220;Youand#8217;ll see the best lacrosse on the West Coast, period,and#8221; said Wegener, longtime event director of the tournament. and#8220;For three days, we bring in some of the best players in the country.and#8221;

And plenty of them. The tournament will feature 28 teams from across the West, which is up from last yearand#8217;s 24 teams and the previous yearand#8217;s 16.

Games will be played at both the Incline Village General Improvement District Village Green and Incline High School from Friday through Sunday, July 22-24.

Competition should be fierce, said Wegener, who expects top-flight Division I players from colleges such as Duke, Syracuse and Princeton to compete on various teams. Team Marin out of the Bay Area, which has won the tournament championship 10 times in 20 years, showcased five National Champion Duke Blue Devils when they won it all last year, Wegener said. He anticipates Marin challenging again for the title.

and#8220;Itand#8217;s hard to tell (how good they are) until they actually get up here, but theyand#8217;ve won half the championships, so Iand#8217;d say that theyand#8217;re a good bet,and#8221; Wegener said.

The local team, Tahoe Dawgs, finished 2-2 in last yearand#8217;s tournament. Wegener said the team has improved by leaps and bounds over the years as it steadily gains quality players.

and#8220;Weand#8217;re getting better every year. Weand#8217;re no longer the worst team in the tournament. Weand#8217;re very competitive,and#8221; Wegener said. and#8220;As more people migrate here from the East Coast and people whoand#8217;ve played lacrosse before, weand#8217;ve improved for sure.and#8221;

The tournament, which serves as a major fundraiser for the nonprofit Truckee Tahoe Lacrosse Association, spans two weekends and#8212; with the open tournament this weekend and the U-19 tourney on July 30-31.

The U-19 tournament also has expanded to include 14 teams, up from last yearand#8217;s eight, Wegener said.

Admission is free for both weekends of the tournament. For more information visit http://www.highsierralax.org.