University Park, Pa. – The 2011 Can-Am Rugby Tournament is now in the planning stage for the Lost Lions. Four alumni teams are expected to take the fields in Saranac, NY on July 29-31.
It will be the first year in which an over-35 team will be fielded for the alumni group. Premier and social division squads have also been enrolled into the tournament for the men. The Lady Lost Lions are expected to field a side as well.
All alumni interested in participating, or simply being a part of the weekend tournament are encouraged to contact Chris Mericle (’09) at firstname.lastname@example.org for the men’s premier and social sides. Kenny Burke is handling the over-35 squad, while Kate Daley (’09) will be in charge of organizing the alumnae.
Last year the Lost Lions defeated the Albany Knicks before being eliminated by Mystic River, who went on to win the tournament. Due to entry restrictions, the social side for the Lost Lions opted to move up to the club division, falling to East Side Hyenas and President’s 15. A team was not fielded for the Lady Lost Lions in last year’s competition.
Eight teams will round out the over-35 field. Matches for the division will take place on Friday, July 29, with the finals being played on Sunday July 31. Clubs that have entered thus far include: Amoskeag, Baltimore-Chesapeake, Blackthorn, Brockport, Schenectady Reds, and Syracuse Old Boys.
Baltimore-Chesapeake is the only other team entered into the men’s premier division, which will host eight teams altogether. If more teams do not sign up, the division may be combined with the men’s club division, similar to last year – As there were only a few teams to sign up for each division last year, the two were combined.
32 teams already comprise the men’s social division.
Pools and match times will be announced the week prior to the tournament. Specific tournament information can be found at www.canamrugby.com.
For more information: Jonathan Swart/Sports Information Director of Rugby/JSwart85@gmail.com