STOWE, Vt. (WCAX) Summer is high time for travel tournaments for youth and high school athletes around the area. Lacrosse players are usually no exception, but this weekend, their parents saved a bit on gas and lodging.
150 boys and girls lacrosse teams played in the Stowe Lax Festival Saturday and Sunday at various spots in town. Players came mostly from the Northeastern US, including Vermont, to go along with a few teams from Canada.
The event was organized by Bitter Lacrosse, a company founded by members of the Bitter family that hosts tournaments and other events all over the country. The most well known Bitter is probably Billy, who was a three-time All-American at North Carolina. The family is originally from Manhasset New York, but moved to Stowe a little over a decade ago, making this home base. They say it's always special to be able to bring the game to their adopted home town.
"Well it's home," said President and Co-Founder of Bitter Lacrosse, E.W. Bitter. "I'm raising my family here. My wife and three daughters call this home and we're here because we love everything that Stowe has to offer. It represents the ideals of everything that we're looking for in a community."
"First thing my dad noticed was, he drove up on a summer afternoon, there wasn't any lacrosse going on at the Mayo Fields right over here and my dad is huge into lacrosse," said Billy. "He brought up the idea to my brother, 'EW, we should start a tournament,' so it spread after that first year. It was a beautiful weekend, the mountains were surrounding the teams so atmosphere was great and its kind of skyrocketed from there."