Reporting by Dave Owens, WUSA 9
ALEXANDRIA, VA (WUSA 9) -- What started in 1992 as a day of scrimmages between local girls' lacrosse teams has turned into a tournament that draws top programs from across the country -- St. Stephen's & St. Agnes' Spring Fling.
Last Saturday, marked its 22nd anniversary, as 12 top-knotch teams from as far away as Georgia and as close as Olney, Maryland hit the field in Alexandria to hone their skills.
"Back when we started the sport [at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes] in 1976, there were not many teams," said Kathy Jenkins, Saints head coach.
That is not the case anymore. According to USA Lacrosse, more than 130,000 youth girls play lacrosse these days.
This year's tournament featured local teams from the District, Maryland and Virginia as well as Richmond, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Illinois and Georgia.
Six of the 12 teams ranked in the nation's top 100, but there are no winners at the tournament. The play-day turned tournament is strictly for practice and fun.