Monday, December 19, 2011

Lacrosse Anyone?

Will the Krunch repeat?
The 6th Annual Dick’s Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions, the boys’ club lacrosse national championships, returns to Wesley Chapel District Park and Wesley Chapel High School December 30, 2011 - January 1, 2012.

This marks the fifth consecutive year the tournament has returned to Pasco County. The three day event is estimated to bring in an economic impact to the area of more than $2 million.

This year’s tournament has expanded to five divisions totaling 80 teams. Last year’s elite champion the Kanienkehaka Krunch (New York) returns as well as the two-time runner-up Road Warriors from North Carolina.  The Krunch were the first US team to win the elite trophy.

The sport of lacrosse was created by Native American tribes and the Kanienkehaka Krunch are from the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation. In the tournament's previous five elite finals, a team from the lacrosse rich nation of Canada took home the coveted Dick's trophy. 

Twenty states will be represented, along with six clubs from Canada and 16 teams from Florida. Teams will compete in pool play on Friday, and will then be seeded for the championship brackets based on pool play results.  The five national championship games will be held on Sunday, January 1 starting at 8 a.m. through 1:00 p.m. at Wesley Chapel District Park.

For a complete list of the teams and brackets in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions presented by Pasco County log onto For more on Pasco County go to