(Aug. 20, 2021) Former Stephen Decatur lacrosse players again teamed up with other athletes to compete in the OC Lacrosse Classic last weekend in honor and memory of Ace Hoffman.
“A lot of these guys know what I went through when I lost my son and they’re honored to do this. It’s a tribute to Ace Hoffman, a tribute team to my son who passed away,” said “Hoffy” Hoffman, coach of the Stephen Decatur High School varsity boys’ lacrosse team and also a player/member of the Ace Lacrosse Club. “They don’t have to do it, but they do. They want to honor and play for my son, and it means a lot to me.”
The 25-player team competed in the Men’s Elite Bayside Division for 18-35-year-olds, Thursday through Sunday at Northside Park and on fields in Berlin, and went undefeated, 7-0. The squad, made up of mostly players ages 20-23, has athletes who attend and play for a variety of colleges including University of Maryland, Towson, Mount Saint Mary, York and Limestone. There is also former and current Decatur coaches on the team.
“All of these guys I’ve coached since they were 13 years old, and some of them since they were younger than that,” Hoffman said. “It was awesome. It was amazing. This is probably the best group of guys playing together. We really jelled together. Everyone’s like brothers.”
In the championship game, Ace Lacrosse Club topped a team made up of predominately York College of Pennsylvania players, 6-3.
“I’ve been doing this for five years and this is the second time we’ve won it,” Hoffman said.