Out of the box -- new lacrosse league launches in Portland

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  1. Vin

    Vin Well-Known Member

    Nice to see that the effort in Portland did not go to waste.

    Portland Tribune

    Thursday, August 10, 2017

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    Amateur indoor lacrosse is coming to west Portland and Beaverton this month.

    The Portland River Monsters and the Beaverton Mountaineers are the first teams in the Oregon Regional Box Lacrosse League.

    They will play a best-of-seven series beginning Saturday, with the winner advancing to the Interstate Box Lacrosse Association national tournament in Denver.

    Oregon is the third state to join the IBLA, which started last year in Colorado and now also has a league in Minnesota.

    The Portland team will play at PDX Sports Center near Jesuit High.

    The Beaverton team will play at Indoor Goals in Beaverton.

    Organizers hope to add a third Oregon team next year.

    Players, who were assigned to the teams through a draft, are ages 18 and older and include former college and professional lacrosse players from the Pacific Northwest and Canada. They pay $270 apiece to play the season, money that goes for facility rental, uniforms and officials.

    Michael Phillips is the goalie and general manager for the Beaverton team. He has been a box lacrosse fan since the Portland LumberJax played in the National Lacrosse League (2005-09). Phillips says he enjoys the quick, physical nature of the sport.

    Most of the players are from the greater Portland area. According to Phillips, the Beaverton team includes several players from Canada (where box lacrosse is a popular summer sport), one from Reno, Nevada, and another from Medford.

    Richard Rosales, GM for the River Monsters, says that lacrosse coaches from around the Western United States have expressed interest in the new league. Rosales, who plays midfield for Portland and is the varsity lacrosse coach for Aloha High, anticipates the league growing quickly.

    Rosales says the lacrosse community in the area is much larger and more vibrant than it was when the LumberJax were around.

    "I think if the Portland LumberJax would come back now they would be a huge success," Rosales says.

    For now, the River Monsters and the Mountaineers will try to make the most of local interest in lacrosse.

    Spectator tickets are $5.

    More information is available at www.iblalacrosse.com

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