History being made in inaugural DC Lacrosse Classic
The lacrosse sticks once used by Jesse Hubbard, a St. Albans graduate who is the all-time leading scorer at Princeton and in Major League Lacrosse, probably belong in a museum. But St. Albans graduates Harry Alford and Lucius Polk have found a better use for them.
Alford and Polk, both natives of Northwest D.C., are coaching the first-year program at Wilson High. Wilson is the first D.C. public school to field a boys' lacrosse team. And the Wilson players are walking around with history in their hands, considering many of them are playing with sticks that once belonged to Hubbard.
"They're hand-me-downs; they are the sticks Lucius and my brother and I used growing up," Alford said. "It was time to give them up. Our time is up, now it's someone else's turn."
Wilson's inaugural year will culminate when it hosts the second annual DC Lacrosse Classic on Saturday. The day features all seven District high school programs, starting with a game between Wilson and invited guest Eleanor Roosevelt of Greenbelt at 10 a.m.
Georgetown Day and Maret play at noon; there is a 45-minute demonstration/clinic for all ages by Breakout Lacrosse at 1:30 p.m. That is followed by St. John's against Sidwell Friends at 3, and Gonzaga against St. Albans at 5.
"We wanted to highlight Wilson's accomplishments this year," said Matt Breslin, Breakout Lacrosse's co-director and one of the event organizers. "We also want this to be a big event for D.C. athletics and D.C. lacrosse. You have every team from the District playing in one place."
Several top players will be on hand. St. John's senior Nick Johnson is the leading scorer in the District, with 60 goals and 19 assists. St. Albans senior Patrick Dougherty is second, with 41 goals and 22 assists.
Sidwell Friends junior Ben Glassman has 11 goals in the past four games, including the winning goal in an 8-7 victory over Maret on April 27. And Gonzaga junior David Planning had 18 points in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference tournament, which Gonzaga won for the first time since 1998.
Wilson's top players are defensive midfielders Evan Holly, a senior, and sophomore Phillip Green. Alford said that Wilson will have a team next year and that he hopes the players will continue to improve.
"A couple weeks ago our kids were upset that we'd reached the two-hour mark in practice and had to stop," Alford said. "When we played St. Albans [junior varsity] last Friday, they wanted to keep playing even after the game ended. We have two football players and five or six soccer players, but for the rest, lacrosse is now their top sport."