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Lady Crusaders lacrosse team loses to Wesley Chapel

For the first time in Hernando County history, there is a female lacrosse team based locally.

Last week, the Lady Crusaders (4-3) faced the first-place Wesley Chapel Lady Warriors, the only undefeated team in the league. The Hernando Lacrosse Club fell in its opening game to Wesley Chapel 11-5. Brianna Hogan, a defensive cover point who attends Hernando Christian Academy, was voted team MVP for the game. Morgan Deveny, a student at Springstead, was the offensive star for the Crusaders with all five goals.

The Crusaders' program is part of the West Florida Lacrosse League, which is in its fifth year with nine girls' teams located from Sarasota to Ocala.

The Crusaders have players ages 15-19; only two have prior experience on the field. The team is in its inaugural season, so games are not considered sanctioned this season. The WFLL has twice as many boys' teams, and coaches are working to find more teenage girls interested in the swiftly growing sport.

For information on HCL, call the Hernando County Recreation Department at (352) 754-4031 or, for boys teams, call Greg Longo at (352) 200-6111 or e-mail at hernandolacrosseclub@yahoo.com. For the girls teams, call Otilia van der Veken at (352) 796-8202. Also, log on to the club's Web site at hernandolacrosseclub.com.

SOCCER: The First Hernando Youth Soccer Club will host the opening qualifier of the annual 3 vs. 3 Soccer Invitational on April 18 at Anderson Snow Park in Spring Hill.

The tournament will set qualifiers for the regional event in Savannah, Ga., and the 3 vs. 3 Summer Nationals in Kings Island, Ohio, in July. There are boys and girls age groups from U6 to U18 along with adult men, women and coed divisions.

The registration fee is $155 per team and includes a tournament T-shirt for each participant and the guarantee of at least four games played per squad. Deadline to enter is April 11.

For more information or to register, visit 3v3worldwide.com/schedule/Tampa/index_E.html.

RUNNING: The Arc Nature Coast will host the third annual Spring Lake 5K Run and 2-Mile Fun Walk at 8 a.m. May 23.

The run will be at 5283 Neff Lake Road in Brooksville and registration begins at 7 a.m. The cost is $25 for the 5K and $20 for the Fun Walk, and includes a T-shirt and scenic run through hills and an equestrian stable.

All proceeds will go to the Arc Nature Coast, which serves people with disabilities and their families.

Register online by visiting www.active.com and searching for Spring Lake 5K. For more information, call (352) 544-2322, ext. 109, or e-mail info@thearcnaturecoast.org or visit www.thearc-naturecoast.org.

BOWLING: The Arc Nature Coast will also host its 16th annual Bowl-A-Thon from 4 to 6 p.m. July 11 at Spring Hill Lanes.

Registration begins at 3:30 p.m. and costs $125 for a five-person team. T-shirts are included. Each team member will be asked to collect at least $25 in pledges for the fundraiser.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Arc Nature Coast. The Arc, in conjunction with the United Way, aims to provide support for people with disabilities and their families.

For information, call (352) 544-2322, ext. 109, or e-mail nstubbs@thearc-naturecoast.org.

Submit upcoming events, registrations and information to communitysports@tampabay.com.

Lady Crusaders lacrosse team loses to Wesley Chapel 04/02/09 [Last modified: Thursday, April 2, 2009 8:03pm]
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