The L.A. summer lacrosse season kicks off June 9-10 with the 44th Annual LA Watts Summer Games, featuring club teams representing 16 area high schools or clubs on the boys’ side and 14 on the girls’ side. This year, the lacrosse competition will take place at the Home Depot Center and Victoria Regional Park in Carson.
Boys’ teams registered include Crespi, Palisades Charter, Manual Arts, Torrance, Granada Lacrosse, Glendale HS, Peninsula HS, St. John Bosco, Santa Monica HS, Downey HS, Aliso Niguel, Laguna Hills HS, Culver City HS, Westchester, Thousand Oaks HS and Harvard-Westlake. Six of those teams made the US Lacrosse Southern Section playoffs this spring.
On the girls’ side, registered teams include Aliso Niguel, Trabuco Hills HS, Glendale HS, West Los Angeles Lacrosse, Louisville HS, Corona del Mar, Beverly Hills HS, Chaminade, Agoura Hills, Palisades Charter, Culver City HS, Laguna Hills HS, Santa Barbara Lacrosse and Peninsula HS. Seven of those teams made the playoffs.
More than an opportunity to watch lacrosse all day — never a bad thing — the Watts Games also provide plenty of opportunities to get involved. The organizers are seeking volunteers — especially people familiar with lacrosse — to help the even run smoothly. For both boys and girls brackets, the organizers say they will need the following each day:
- 12 timekeepers/scorekeepers (2 per field)
- 6 runners (1 per field)
- 8 field-lining crews (two teams of four people each — one team assigned to the girls’ fields and one assigned to the boys’)
To volunteer with the lacrosse event — or with any facet of the tournament — contact Alana Pfeffinger, program manager, at [email protected] or (213) 680-8009.
Last year, Palisades Charter won the boys tournament, perhaps a precursor to the Dolphins’ run to the L.A. County title game this spring, with Culver City placing second and Crespi third. Raymier Simon, the goalie for Culver City, was named MVP, while the sportsmanship award went to defenseman Mac McCandless of Loyola.
On the girls’ side last year, Laguna Hills won the event, with El Segundo HS second. Marcy Levatino of Laguna Hills was named MVP, and the sportsmanship award went as a group to the Huntington Park team.
The LA Watts Summer Games were created in 1968 as a positive response to the Watts Riots of 1965. The Games were developed with the mission “to build bridges of understanding among high school youth by promoting positive interaction, respect and achievement through spirit competition.”