|5/14/2013 12:17:00 PM|
SALI tournament draws thousands
|Lacrosse players from across the West came to Sisters last weekend for the largest SALI tournament yet. photo by Jerry Baldock|
|Boys lacrosse takes third in league|
|The Outlaws suffered an 8-5 loss to Bend in a High Desert semi-final game on Wednesday, May 8. Two days later Sisters hosted Harney in the consolation game for seeding in the state playoffs and walked away with an easy 15-8 victory. The Outlaws host a playoff game on Wednesday, May 15, in Reed Stadium. |
In Wednesday's game against Bend, the Outlaws had a much better performance than in their previous matchup with the Lava Bears, where they were hammered 13-3. Sisters came out strong and at the close of the first quarter held a 2-0 lead. Bend came roaring back and scored the next five goals.
The Outlaws managed to score three more goals, but the Lava Bears never let up and racked up eight more of their own to secure the win.
Coach Bill Rexford said, "Up against the ropes, and a little weary, we rallied and traded blows with them and I felt we just ran out of time. Once again, we demonstrated our endearing qualities of toughness and tenacity and never-quit attitude. Our energy perhaps got the best of us, as we had a record 11 minutes of penalties for our program. It's tough to score goals when we are shorthanded, but if there ever is such a thing as a quality loss, this was it."
The Outlaws wrapped up league with a 4-2 record for a third-place finish. The Outlaws are underdogs in their upcoming playoff game, mostly likely against Lake Oswego.
The Sisters Annual Lacrosse Invitational (SALI) Tournament held Friday through Sunday, May 10-12, drew 78 teams from all over the Northwest, including Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Nevada.
Ten fields were needed for the 120-plus games that were played over the weekend by players 5 years of age through high school.
Last year 52 teams attended the SALI tourney, so this year's event marked significant growth.
Coach Bill Rexford stated, "This year's tournament was our biggest, and the best we've had yet. It was smoother and better run and much more enjoyable."
One of the unexpected highlights of the tournament was the masters' game, where coaches from the High Desert played a game against the coaches outside of the High Desert.
"All of the players were in the stands and yelling out tips to all the coaches," said Rexford. "It really showed the camaraderie of the sport. It showed how much the coaches love the game and want to pass that on to the kids. It was one of the big highlights of the tournament."
Rexford told The Nugget that the reason the tournament was so successful and ran so smoothly was due to countless hours of help from the Outlaws parents, the Sisters School District, Sisters Park & Recreation District, and all the Outlaws athletes, many of which weren't even on the lacrosse team. All these many hands working together made the tournament a huge success.
SALI has significant economic impact in Sisters, with nearly 6,000 attendees infusing a minimum of $300,000 into the local economy through meals, lodging and shopping.
The boys high school varsity lacrosse team finished the tourney 2-2 with games against Marist, two teams from Reno, and a team from Monoque, Nevada.
"These guys played the best lacrosse they've ever played," Rexford said. "They never stop trying to get better, and they continue to work on their game. The seniors led the way, and these are games we will never forget."
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