Explosion of local lacrosse on display at Laxapalooza

soclax-scrimmageWhen Socastee High boys lacrosse coach Matt Fox started the area’s first program a decade ago, he didn’t have enough players to hold an intra-squad scrimmage. Ten years later, there are enough teams on the Grand Strand to hold an all-day Laxapalooza.

On Saturday, Socastee will host the preseason tournament with varsity and JV teams from Myrtle Beach, Carolina Forest, St. James, Waccamaw, and the upstart North Myrtle Beach program. Boys action begins at 8:30 a.m. and will run until 1:30 p.m., followed by girls matches until 6:30 p.m.

Fox has helped grow the sport on the Grand Strand and has been around “to see its growth from 16 kids to over 55 in our program (roughly 250 players on the boys side in our area).” For years the co-ed sport was only played and Socastee and later Carolina Forest in Horry County before the recent addition of boys and girls varsity and JV teams at other local schools, like Myrtle Beach, St. James and North Myrtle Beach.

The Myrtle Beach Wave Lacrosse Club recently formed to introduce younger players to the sport and to give more experienced players a pool of talent to compete with other programs across the state and region. The high school lacrosse season officially opens on Feb. 20.

Photo courtesy of SHS Athletics

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