Native America’s Game Thrives in Williamsburg

After a successful regular season, club lacrosse teams representing local high schools are entering the playoffs as top seeds. On the boys, side, Lafayette leads the way into the postseason ranked number one in the Peninsula Division with a record of 10-1. They are followed closely by Jamestown in the number two spot with a record of 9-2 and Warhill at 7-3. Jamestown also boasts the top-ranked boys JV team. The girls lacrosse teams also take winning records into the playoffs. The Jamestown girls team holds the number two seed with a record of 9-2.

Lafayette alumnus Thomas Rice guides the Lafayette boys team as head coach. The team's success is attributed in part to strong senior leadership from Liam Walters, Dexter Klock, Tristen Packer, Quinn Hyland, and Conner Jones. Juniors Jack Erwin, who is committed to play Division I lacrosse at the University of Richmond, and Matt Rice, the team's leader in goals and assists, shine among the younger athletes on the team.

Many of these high school lacrosse players have been part of explosive growth of the sport in recent years. Lafayette assistant coach Brian Erwin started coaching his son Jack and teammate Liam Walters when they were six and seven years old, respectively. At the time, they had to combine with other area boys up to 12 years old to gather enough players to field a team. Now, the Hampton Roads Lacrosse ("HRLax") League consists of more than 2,000 players, 130 youth teams (boys & girls) and 38 public high school teams (boys & girls, varsity & JV).

A substantial portion of the top area lacrosse players have developed as part of the Williamsburg Lacrosse Club. These Williamsburg Warriors for many years consistently ranked at the top of the state high school club teams.

A large number of high school club teams across the state have transitioned to become official school sports within the Virginia High School League (VHSL). As growth continues, HR Lax aspires to accomplish the same in the Tidewater region. HRLax offers lacrosse opportunities beginning with coed, soft-stick lacrosse for players as young as four years.

Game schedules and more information on how to enjoy being part of the "fastest sport on two feet" is available at websites including HRLax.com.

Upcoming Playoff Games at Warhill Sports Complex
Monday, May 8 at 5:30 pm Jamestown Boys JV
Monday May 8 at 6:00 pm Jamestown Girls Varsity
Tuesday May 9 at 5:30 pm Jamestown Boys Varsity
Tuesday May 9 at 7:30 pm Lafayette Boys Varsity

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