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Crease Monkeys Take Mardi Gras

Amateur lacrosse tournaments truly make lacrosse a unique and fantastic sport. Tournaments are about going to exciting places to relive the days of on-field glory, bond with new and old friends, and have a good time. No one understands this better than Harry Mazaheri, the leader of the most successful tournament circuit club team: the Crease Monkeys. Recently the Crease Monkeys defended their 2001 title by winning the 2002 Mardi Gras tournament, held February 15-17 at the City Fields in New Orleans.

Last weekend I had the opportunity to go down to the Big Easy to play for the Crease Monkeys. Players from nine different states spanning the US descended on the Big Easy to join Harry and the Crease Monkeys. From the start Harry stated our objective as play lacrosse, meet new friends, and have fun. Our home away from home for the weekend was the famous Andrew Jackson Hotel, conveniently located a couple blocks from Bourbon Street. Staying in such a prime location definitely caters more towards having fun than playing good lacrosse; however the Monkeys are known to be able take advantage of the nightlife while still getting it done on the field. Through experience and understanding the affect of Bourbon Street on performance, Harry brought a team of over 30 players, one of the main factors for our success.

We began the tournament on Friday by defeating the UVA Club lacrosse team. In the morning game on Saturday we were given all we could handle from a fired up Lenape club team consisting of players out of New York and New Jersey. They definitely outplayed us and lead by as much as five goals in the fourth quarter, however we were able to pull out a one-goal come from behind victory. In our afternoon semi-final game the wheels started turning a little earlier and we jumped out to a big lead and held on for a victory over the Annapolis club team. In the finals we took on the Houston club team led by Todd Minerly. After a close first half we pulled away behind the stellar play of goalie Billy Hunter and the attack unit of Cort and Blake Kim and John Keller. Everyone on the team met new friends and contributed to the tournament victory. That night we celebrated in true New Orleans style with a big feast at the famous Acme Oyster House! Overall the weekend MVP was Harry Mazaheri for putting together such a great time for everyone involved.