The Hobart lacrosse teams of the ’80s and ’90s rose to near-legendary status for maintaining a championship stretch that spanned the two decades. Players from those teams maintain a passion for the game to this day, as do a growing group of lacrosse players nationally who are playing in organized events across the country. A group of Hobart alumni, the “Elder Statesmen” can be found competing at all major senior lacrosse competitions in the two largest divisions, “over 40” and “over 50.” This weekend, they can also be found playing at the first-ever The Little War on the Seneca Lacrosse Tournament, at Seneca Lake State Park in Geneva, N.Y.
“The chance to come back to Hobart and William Smith and Geneva and play is great for grads and hopefully this tournament will take off and grow,” says Elder-Statesmen member Kevin G. Martin ’82, whose son Connor is a sophomore at Hobart.
The Elder Statesmen compete in the two largest grand masters tournaments, in Vail, Colo., and in Lake Placid, N.Y., and have won in Vail twice, where they had a 40 and up team and a 50 and up team; they took second place three times in the over 40 division. The team also plays in Weston, Fla., in January, and a handful of its members have played in the Portsmouth, R.I. and Ocean City, Md. tournaments.
“The game is growing so fast that the number of post collegiate players, and the demand for these kinds of events, can only go up,” adds Martin.
The tournament was organized by Geneva native, David Beaudry who always had a great love for Hobart Lacrosse and worked as a ball boy for the team during the championship stretch in the 1980’s and into the 1990’s.
The tournament, which celebrates the sport as well as the unique beauty of the Seneca Lake region, has received tremendous responses and commitments from almost 20 teams. The action will begin on Saturday, Oct. 10, at 10 a.m. at the Seneca Lake State Park, with championship games to be held on Sunday, October 11, stating at 10 a.m.
There will be a $7 fee to park on tournament grounds. Those parking at the front gate and walking in can do so for free.