BY SAM SCINTA WEEKLY REPORTER
The 2016 Route 66 Lacrosse Classic returned to the O’Fallon Sports Park this past weekend, featuring games on Saturday and Sunday. Twelve girls select lacrosse teams across two age divisions flocked to the north end of the park to compete in pool play leading up to a tournament on Sunday.
The O’Fallon Outlaws played host, competing in five games across the weekend, compiling a 2-1-1 record before falling in the tournament semi-finals to Cor Jesu Academy to drop them to 2-2-1.
The tournament game was just a rematch of a pool play contest, which saw Cor Jesu again get the best of the Outlaws, slipping past O’Fallon 6-4. The home team rebounded with a 7-3 win over KC Blue Lion Select before working to a draw against Fountain City Lacrosse, 6-6.
The Outlaws opened the tournament play against that same Fountain City team, but there would be no draw in the bracket. Another tight contest ensued, and O’Fallon got a late goal to open the decisive 8-7 lead that would hold for the rest of regulation. The Outlaws then fell 8-3 to a highly talented and disciplined Cor Jesu team that would ultimately win the championship in a game that was briefly delayed due to a sudden downpour.
The Academy would go on to defeat the Marquette Mustangs in a white knuckle affair, scoring a pair of late goals to grab the lead for good in securing the 11-10 win in a title game for the ages.
Route 66 is an organization co-founded by late O’Fallon native and regional lacrosse pioneer Tamara Boots. This is the second year O’Fallon has hosted the tournament.
The Outlaws play again Saturday at the Public Safety Fields. Their first game against the Scarlet Hawks starts at 10 a.m., while their second game against Northwest High gets underway at noon.