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Lakers, Johnnies Lead 2012 Sailfish Shootout Field In Palm Beach

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. –– The Sailfish Shootout returns to the Palm Beaches for the third straight year in 2012, and with it brings some of the top collegiate talent in the country. Joining tournament host Palm Beach Atlantic University are No. 4 Grand Valley State University, No. 5 St. John’s University (Minn.), No. 15 Elon University, No. 17 U.S. Coast Guard, and Emory University.

“We’re extremely excited to host top MCLA competition in Palm Beach, said Palm Beach Atlantic head coach Chris Southard. “Our location is unmatchable. The caliber of lacrosse is great, too.”

The tournament competition will take place in a new setting this season. While the multi-million dollar Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Athletic Campus at Palm Beach Atlantic University is currently under construction, Shootout contenders will meet at Jupiter Community Park in Jupiter, Florida.

The Sailfish Shootout starts on Friday, March 2, 2012 when Palm Beach Atlantic hosts the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Last season, the Sailfish defeated the Bears in an epic double-overtime thriller, setting the stage for a tournament-opening rematch. The action begins at 7 p.m.

Saturday’s action continues with the rest of the field, as No. 15 Elon meets No. 18 Coast Guard at 4 p.m., followed by Emory versus No. 4 Grand Valley State at 7 p.m.

On Sunday, play continues with the US Lacrosse BRIDGE foundation team clinic. Much like last season, this clinic utilizes the Shootout’s MCLA talent to teach lacrosse to the underserved in South Florida. The clinic will begin at 10 a.m., culminating with the landing of a United States Coast Guard helicopter on the fields following completion of the event. Afterward, the action kicks off with a bang; Emory plays No. 18 Coast Guard at 1 p.m., with No. 15 Elon playing No. 5 St. John’s at 4 p.m., and Palm Beach Atlantic hosting No. 4 Grand Valley State in the nightcap (7 p.m.).

On Monday, all teams will have the ability to explore the endless beaches and countless South Florida attractions with no games scheduled. When competition resumes on Tuesday, No. 18 Coast Guard will meet No. 4 Grand Valley (4 p.m.), while Palm Beach Atlantic hosts No. 5 St. Johns (7 p.m.). The action concludes on Wednesday night with a top five matchup; No. 4 Grand Valley State versus No. 5 St. John’s at 7 p.m.

You can follow all of the action through the @PBALacrosse twitter handle (hashtag #SailfishShootout), or through the MCLA website. All games will utilize the MCLA Live game tracking feature. Stay tuned for more details on live streaming video.