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5th Annual Mountain State Meltdown Lacrosse Tournament Held in Fairmont

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The 5th Annual Mountain State Meltdown Tour brings lacrosse teams together from around the region. It also helps train the refs for the upcoming season.

Fairmont Senior High School Girls Coach Jonathon Cain helps put together the event.

"It's a chance for the JV's and the Varsities to get together and the coaches to work with their girls and work on what they need to work on when they go back home before the season starts," Cain said. 

Around 30 boys and girls lacrosse teams came to the tournament from around West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

National Official Umpires from US Lacrosse use these kinds of tournaments to train referees for the season. The refs get graded on the way they work the game and then receive feedback.

"This is exactly what we need because it's all day long," said Linda Strapp, a National Official Umpire from US Lacrosse. "We can get them on the field, and then pull them off the field, give them feedback and get them back on the field. That's what they need, they need to have that repetition all in one day and just get that feedback. This is so helpful to have."

Scouts from colleges also come to scope out the players.

Sydney Shearer from Morgantown High School has already committed to Saint Francis University, a Division I college. She says the tournament is very helpful for the season.

"It's always good because people who haven't played get that experience," said Shearer. "This is great, I love that Fairmont does this every year. They help us so much, they give us T-shirts, we sign up to play. It's really nice, girls that have never played this is their time to get out there and the refs are new."

US Lacrosse said that North Central West Virginia is a developing area for lacrosse that's why it agreed to come to the tournament.

"Anything for the kids," said Cain. "That's why we're out here, to help build the program, help build the sport, to help build the understanding of how the game is played. We're just hoping we can get it sanctioned in the state and hope it will grow even more.'

The Mountain State Meltdown Tour is held the weekend before the season starts.