Still in its infancy, the Augusta Patriots travel lacrosse team is already making waves.
They placed third in the Southern Open in Fayette County, Ga. in June. Com-peting at the regional Van Lacrosse Tournament in Rock Hill, S.C., on Oct. 12-13, the team, comprised mainly of Lakeside and Greenbrier High School players, finished with a 4-1 record, ending up in third place once more.
A parent of one of the players e-mailed the director of a national tournament about the team’s successes, and Florida is where the team will go next.
“Because we’ve done so well as a first-year program, we got invited,” said head coach Sean Feeley, whose team will head to the IMG Tournament in Bradenton, Fla., on Nov. 23.
Feeley, who played at Lakeside before graduating in 2009, started the team with Steve Boe a year ago in part to mirror the success of their counterparts to the west.
“We decided all these Atlanta players have opportunities to be looked at by colleges because they play all summer with their travel teams and we need to catch up,” said Feeley.
As well as getting the playing experience, Feeley hopes to make the bonds stronger between the local rivals.
“Most of the time you can’t get Lakeside and Greenbrier lacrosse players, or any sports, together and play together, but it’s been great,” said Feeley. “When I was in high school, any time we weren’t playing, we were hanging out. I figured they should start doing that.”