WEST CARTHAGE — The 2014 Carthage Lacrosse Camp broke its former record of attendees this week, totaling 130 players.
“We did a younger guy division, Ju-Co — Junior College. We had 14 of those guys and they put us over our record of 120,” said Carthage varsity lacrosse coach Kirk Ventiquattro.
The program ran from July 7 to 11 on Comet field and was overseen by a number of lacrosse greats, including Florida Launch professional lacrosse player Mario Ventiquattro; Carthage alum and current Alfred University junior goalie Tyler Beyor; and Seth Leonard who plays attack for the National Junior College Athletic Association 2014 men’s lacrosse champion Onondaga Community College.
Roughly 60 students at the camp were from the Carthage area, with the additional 70 students from throughout Lewis and Jefferson County, as well as outside the North Country.
“As always we have people who are vacationing in the area and they call up and get their kids involved in the camp,” said Ventiquattro. “As I always say, this is one of best camp values in the country. Kids who get their money in by June 25 pay $100 for week. You can go to basically the same camp with the same instruction at a cost of $400.”
The kindergarten through second grade participants played from 8 to 10 a.m. each morning while the third grade through 11th grade students remained on site an additional hour and a half.
“As in everything in life, nobody stays the same. We’re getting better or worse and we need to keep putting in time on learning the skills of the game. We’re playing with games on a high level,” said Ventiquattro.
In other lacrosse news, the Carthage Boys Lacrosse Club is working with freshmen to college seniors on the Comet field Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout July. The group meets at 7 p.m. and plays pick-up.
Students in the Rhino Outreach lacrosse program, which is run county-wide by Carthage alum Ryan Powell and current Comet varsity defense coordinator Jason Coffman, will continue to play this summer in tournaments.
The boys intend to compete in the 1812 July 12, 13 and 20, as well as the John Pepper Memorial Lacrosse Tournament in Camillus Aug. 3. The John Pepper tourney pits 16 of the best lacrosse teams in Central New York against each other.