Guin­ness World Record, Vaughan style? 25-hour lacrosse game ends 604–605

Richmond Hill Post - - The 905 - — Jeff Lagerquist

Some­times giv­ing 110 per cent isn ’t e nough. That les­son wasn’t lost o n the Hill A cademy’s post-grad­u­ate lacrosse team as they played 2,500 per cent longer than a stan­dard one-hour game to break a G uin­ness World Record and raise money for a hu­man­i­tar­ian trip to Nicaragua.

The po­ten­tially record-break­ing match too k place in Va ughan f rom 11 p.m. on Jan. 9 to mid­night the follo wing day, end­ing in a f inal score of 604 to 605.

The 25-hour game tape , nearly 400 still im­ages and sw orn wit­ness ac­counts f rom lo­cal min­is­ters, po­lice of­fi­cers, lawyers and doc­tors are now in the hands of Guin­ness of­fi­cials who will de­cide if the at­tempt of­fi­cially breaks the cur­rent 24-hour record.

“They were z om­bies,” say s Dan N oble, the school’s di­rec­tor of phys­i­cal educ ation and ath­lete per­for­mance. “Some of the guy s could barely stand up be­cause their feet were so sore from blis­ters. It was ex­tremely gru­elling.”

The stu­dents hav e raised close to $20 ,000 thus far, roughly half of what they need to travel to Nicaragua in April to build schools in r ural com­mu­ni­ties and tour the r egion’s vol­ca­noes, as part of a y ear-end pr oject. They also p lan to do­nate la crosse g ear to lo­cal stu­dents and in­tro­duce them to the game.

“The great thing about lacrosse is that it’s not an ex­pen­sive game to play,” says Noble. “All you need is a stick and a ball.”

Guin­ness of­fi­cials in­sisted that play­ers re­main in close prox­im­ity to the pitch at all times. Each team played a three-line ro­ta­tion with stu­dents tak­ing four-hour shifts of play­ing, sit­ting on the bench or sleep­ing and eat­ing.

“For the first four hours, they were fly­ing around and p lay­ing at full speed, ” says Noble, who es­ti­mates each player was ac­tive for roughly 18 hours. “We had one kid roll an an­kle. Other than that, ev­ery­one was able to f in­ish no worse for the wear.”

The Hill Academy teaches Grade 9 th rough post-grad­u­ate stud­ies with a fo­cus o n ath­let­ics. Many stu­dents grad­u­ate with ac­cep­tances at Ivy League schoo ls or as draft p rospects for the Olympics or the NHL.

The stu­dents ex­pect it will take six w eeks for Guin­ness to co nfirm that their at­tempt is an of­fi­cial world record.

Stu­dents at the Hill Academy played from 11 p.m. to the fol­low­ing mid­night, emerg­ing with only one mi­nor in­jury and a pos­si­ble world record

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