The national high school lacrosse spotlight will turn to the Triangle area of North Carolina once again in March as 38 of North America’s top boys and girls high school lacrosse teams compete in the 11th annual Brine King of Spring Face-Off Classic, scheduled for March 7–10, 2019, in the Triangle area.
This year’s tournament — a fundraiser for the Vs. Cancer Foundation — is particularly personal for the DA team, which is working to earn the right to direct tournament proceeds to UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, where DA eighth-grader Jack Goldstein is receiving treatment for leukemia. The school with the highest fundraising total will get to determine which hospital benefits from the Vs. Cancer funds raised by the tournament.
“As many of you know, Jack is a baseball player at DA, and [varsity baseball] coach Tyrone Gould and I have decided to team up our squads to help make sure we can keep the total amount raised by the tournament here in the Triangle and directed to Lineberger, which is our designated pediatric cancer center,” explained Jon Lantzy, tournament director and DA boys lacrosse coach. “We have finished second for three straight years — time to break that streak!"
Jack — the son of fifth-grade language arts teacher Avery Goldstein and the brother of ninth-grade varsity baseball player Ethan Goldstein — has long had connections to Vs. Cancer. He has competed in a Vs. Cancer baseball tournament each spring since he was 9 years old, and he is now on the receiving end of Vs. Cancer’s work.
“I can’t tell you how much the support of Vs. Cancer has helped Jack — UNC has been great medically but what Jack misses is his identity as an athlete,” his mother wrote on his Caring Bridge webpage. “His first question upon diagnosis was, ‘Will I play baseball again?’ Within a week, Vs. Cancer had college coaches texting him about players on their roster who had had leukemia, Joe Madden reaching out with a personalized video to keep his spirits up, and a letter and picture from Anthony Rizzo, the Cubs player who was diagnosed with lymphoma when he was 18 in his first year as a Cub. This has meant the world to Jack.”
Vs. Cancer chose Jack to represent a sock that the organization created through Resilience Gives, a sock retailer that helps organizations raise funds. Read more about Jack’s story and purchase socks.
You can contribute toward the DA athletes’ Vs. Cancer fundraising effort online.
The complete King of Spring tournament schedule will soon be available at www.kingofspringlax.com.
In all, the 38 teams participating in the King of Spring tournament will compete in 37 games on fields around the Triangle over the course of four days.
Games will be played at Duke University Cohen Fields, UNC-Chapel Hill’s Finley Field, Cardinal Gibbons High School, Durham County Stadium and the Town of Apex Nature Park fields.
Joining host Durham Academy in sponsoring the event are Brine Inc., EmergeOrtho, Fusion Lacrosse and the Durham Sports Commission.