A dad from down south asked his daughter, who played for a team named Courage, "Where are those guys from?" after the Eastern Shore Lacrosse Club waxed and polished her all-star team 19-3. "I don't know," said the exasperated player. "Well, they have to be from somewhere," the dad answered.
The 17 girls from 500 miles north of Charlotte, N.C., were from the Delmarva Peninsula, representing Cape Henlopen, Worcester Prep, Stephen Decatur and Sussex Tech high schools. They went 4-0 in the tournament and were impressive in sharing the ball while actually having a clue what they wanted to do.
The Overtime Tournament was a showcase tournament for high school players not yet committed to college. It was played at Elon Elementary School, which had four turf fields courtesy of the City of Charlotte Parks and Recreation Department.
"We have 260 athletes from 20 states and 160 colleges represented," said tournament official Lisa Mitchelides. "Most kids come here in smaller groups and are put on teams. Some local high schools sent their entire teams."
Eastern Shore was coached by Dave "P.J. Junior" Frederick, the Beacon Middle School principal, so parents were familiar with certain directives, "Spread Green, Jordan in the paint, let's run a little posey." Eastern Shore ran two midfields and had a sub on attack and one on defense.
All players got plenty of work over the two-day tournament.
Some of the colleges in attendance were Kalamazoo College, Coker, Belmont Abby and Queens University of Charlotte.
There were also lots of better-known schools, as the sports of girls' lacrosse is exploding into regions of the country that are just discovering the difference between speed red, green and yellow.