Lacrosse tournament benefits autism research

More than 100 local boys lacrosse players took part in last month’s Carlsbad Classic at Pacific Ridge School. The tournament, hosted by Pacific Ridge service-learning group Sports Force, attracted top athletes from Poway High School, Cathedral Catholic High School, La Costa Canyon High School, Rancho Bernardo High School, Carlsbad High School, Torrey Pines High School, San Marcos High School and more. Additional divisions included elementary school, middle school, and post-graduate players.

Sports Force student leaders Alderik Van der Heyde of Carmel Valley, Borhan Rafiq of Encinitas, and Andrew Poole of Rancho Santa Fe, were pleasantly surprised by the number of players who took the time to ‘compete for a cause’ during winter break.

Proceeds from the event, totaling more than $2,000, were donated to the San Diego Autism Research Institute. ‘Sports Force combines our passion for sports with our desire to support the autistic community,’ said Poole. ‘We would like to sincerely thank everyone who helped make the tournament a success.’ The group hopes to make the Carlsbad Classic an annual event.