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Girls’ lacrosse sees success in inaugural year at Georgia Games
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
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From left, event coordinators Paige Gadsby, Nate 
Cloutier and public relations director Taylor Wood hosted the Georgia State Games lacrosse tournament at the Cartersville Soccer Complex June 22 and 23.
From left, event coordinators Paige Gadsby, Nate Cloutier and public relations director Taylor Wood hosted the Georgia State Games lacrosse tournament at the Cartersville Soccer Complex June 22 and 23.
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The Georgia State Games hosted its inaugural youth girls lacrosse championship at the Clash Soccer Complex in Cartersville June 22 and 23.

The event which brought out nearly 350 people, was set to debut along with an adult men’s lacrosse championship. However, due to teams dropping out close to the day of competition, the men’s championship was canceled, a Games spokeswoman said.

Georgia Games public relations director Taylor Wood said officials were not discouraged by the cancellation and felt like this will give them more time to market for next year.

“Even though the men’s tournament did not go as planned, I believe that the Georgia Games will definitely try to have a men’s tournament next year. Now that there is some knowledge about it, however, I think next year should see an increase in participation,” Wood said.

As for the girls’ competition, the teams competing were Coweta Lacrosse, Crossfire Orange (Marietta), Crossfire Silver (Marietta), Hot Sauce Lacrosse (Lawrenceville), South Forsyth, Wesleyan School and West Forsyth.

Taking home the gold this year was Wesleyan, a private school in Norcross, followed by West Forsyth with silver and bronze going to South Forsyth.

Event coordinator Paige Gadsby said, “I think the tournament went well, especially for it being the first year.

“While there were some mistakes, I believe we got most of the kinks out and next year will be even better. I believe the teams had a great time competing, and the fans and families had a good time enjoying the games and the various vendors.”

Vendors such as Harrow, Paparrazzi Accessories, Kona Ice and Eagle Sportz provided an enjoyable experience between the games, Wood said.

According to Wood, the second day “proved to be an exciting one” as the competition heated up as the teams got closer to the championship game. The finals games, Wood said, were nailbiters to the final second.

“Watching the gold medal game, anyone could tell that it was going to come down to the very end and it was going to come down to who had the ball last. The intensity was great and I got chills watching the game,” said Gadsby.

Wood said all the games played on day two were close, challenging and competitive as the girls fought hard on the field, all the while displaying “tremendous” sportsmanship.

“There were definitely a lot of hard fought games…The teams were really energetic, and you could see the intensity on the field, particularly during the semifinal and medal games,” Gadsby said.
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