Lee-Jackson Classic

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By: Gene McCabe
Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach

The annual Lee-Jackson Lacrosse Classic is this week. This Friday, October 2nd at 7:30 PM on Wilson Field, your Washington and Lee Men’s Lacrosse team will face-off against its cross town rival VMI for the 23rd consecutive year.

The Lee-Jackson game was originally created as a way to help promote the growth of youth lacrosse in our Lexington/Rockbridge community.  For the first 20 years the game was played in the traditional regular season. Three years ago, both schools decided to move this game to our non-traditional season. Rigid conference scheduling, NCAA game limits, and the pressures to make the NCAA tournament are a few reasons why both programs agreed to move the game from the spring to the fall.  It is a move that likely saved the game.

The players love playing this game in the fall. We are able to schedule the game on a weekend which gives more people in our community the chance to attend the game. For the players, it provides additional motivation and a focal point to our fall non-traditional segment. While players on both sides enjoyed the rivalry in the past, they love playing this game in the fall.

There are many great moments throughout the history of this series. VMI won the 1st contest in 1988. W&L went on to win the next 16 in a row before VMI won decisively in 2005. Since 2005 W&L has won four in a row. The game has been decided by four goals or less 10 times. The game itself is traditionally one of the most physical and high scoring lacrosse games we play every year.

At the conclusion of the game each year, the winner receives the Lee Jackson Classic trophy.  In addition each team names the annual Worrell-Fallon MVP for the game. The Worrell-Fallon Award was named in honor of VMI alumnus DeWitt Worrell and former W&L football coach and lacrosse official Gary Fallon.

The Lee-Jackson classic represents an opportunity for the W&L, VMI, and greater Lexington/Rockbridge communities to come together to celebrate and enjoy the game of lacrosse.  It is the only show in town this Friday night. Bring your friends and families to the game and enjoy what promises to be a hard fought, competitive game!

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