Eighth Annual King of the Spring Face-Off Classic

By Jon Lantzy 03/04/2018

Eighth Annual King of the Spring Face-Off Classic set for March 8-12, 2018, in

Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill, N.C.

Top high school lacrosse teams to support efforts of Vs. Cancer and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation

DURHAM, N.C. – The national high school lacrosse spotlight will turn to the Triangle area of North Carolina once again in March as 40 of the nation's top men's and women's high school lacrosse teams compete in the 10th annual Brine King of Spring Face-Off Classic, scheduled for March 8-12, 2018, in the Triangle area of North Carolina.

The complete tournament schedule is available at www.kingofspringlax.com. "Year 10 has shaped up to be the toughest field of teams in the event’s history. We have reigning state champions from North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, along with the 2017 MIAA [Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association] champion all participating this spring," explained Jon Lantzy, tournament director and Durham Academy boys lacrosse coach. "The King of Spring has emerged as a one-of- a-kind event in the high school lacrosse community and has quickly become an annual destination for some of the best programs in the Mid- Atlantic and Southeast."

"As coaches and educators, we are always looking for meaningful opportunities to expose our student-athletes to the true meaning of service. We will once again use this weekend as on opportunity for not only great competition on the field, but a chance to inspire our student-athletes to use their many talents to make their communities a better place."

The 2018 tournament will once again support the efforts of the Vs. Cancer Foundation, a signature fundraising campaign of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation that aims to cure childhood cancer by directing proceeds to both national-level research efforts and local pediatric cancer hospitals for patient care. Learn more about this Raleigh-based organization at www.vs-cancer.org. Robin Boettcher, chief executive officer of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, understands how vital these athletes are to our mission. "We applaud the efforts and generous spirit of all of the team’s participating in the tournament! They are helping us provide life-changing support for local children fighting cancer and fund ground- breaking research into a cure. With the support of these incredible teams, we're fighting for futures for these kids."

Lantzy is grateful to have the Vs. Cancer as a King of the Spring partner.

"Last year's event was able to raise $37,000 for the Duke University Hospital Pediatric Cancer Center and Pediatric Brain Tumor Research, which was an amazing accomplishment by all the participating teams and their immediate and extended communities," he said. "This year we have set a lofty goal of raising $90,000." In all, the 41 teams participating in the King of Spring tournament will compete in 45 games on fields around the Triangle over the course of four days.

Games will be played at N.C. Central University's O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium, UNC- Chapel Hill's Navy Field, the Cardinal Gibbons stadium, Durham County Stadium and Cedar Falls Park.

Joining host Durham Academy in sponsoring the event are Brine Inc., EmergeOrtho, Fusion Lacrosse, Lacrosse.com and the newly formed Durham Sports Commission.

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