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