The Inaugural Ellicottville Lacrosse Festival
Takes to the Village in September
The Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with Rhino Lacrosse, is proud to announce the inaugural Ellicottville Lacrosse Tournament, Sept. 22 through 24, 2017!
The games will take place on fields at the Ellicottville Central School and the Village park, with a vendor village nestled between the two playing areas. The tournament will bring youth and adult teams from all over the northeastern region of the United States.
The tournament is an addition to those operated by Rhino Lacrosse around the country including similar events in Saratoga Springs, NY and Bend, OR. Rhino Lacrosse was founded and operated by Ryan Powell, former Syracuse Orange 4-time All American Lacrosse superstar. Powell also played in the NLL, professional box (indoor) lacrosse, from the Buffalo Bandits, Anaheim, Portland, and Edmonton, from 2001 to 2010. He also played in the MLL, professional field (outdoor) lacrosse for Rochester, San Francisco, and Denver, from 2001 to 2008.
“The idea for this tournament started in 2004 after coming back from the Vail tournament, I traveled to Ellicottville and realized that the town had the same cool feel,” tournament co-organizer, Mike Riorden said. “It’s taken 13 years to find Ryan Powell the perfect partner who has both the experience and passion to bring both great lacrosse and great entertainment to Ellicottville. Ryan and I look forward to the Ellicottville Lacrosse Tournament becoming one of the premier destination tournaments in the country.”
Riorden has a portfolio of lacrosse experience that spans 40 years as a player and a lacrosse official. He has been inducted into the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Rochester Chapter. His sons, Blaze and Connor, follow in his footsteps. Blaze is a goaltender for the Buffalo Bandits and Rochester Rattlers. Connor is an attacker for Lycoming College.
“When Mike and Ryan approached us in December of 2016 about this project and we saw it as an opportunity to expand the outdoor experiences that other events like the World Bowhunting Championships did for so many years,” Ellicottville Chamber Executive Director, Brian McFadden, said. “With the growth that the sport of lacrosse has seen around the country, and the great things this organization has done in bringing so many young people onto the field, it seemed only fitting that we work with Rhino Lacrosse to make this tournament a reality. We are a community that embraces family events and I am sure this will become a multi-year event once the competitors and their families get a taste of the famous Ellicottville hospitality. ”
Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in the country, according to USA Lacrosse. From 2001 to 2015, the last year complete data has been compiled, participation in youth lacrosse has grown 220 percent, from about 250,000 participants to hitting the 800,000 threshold.