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Northern RISE lacrosse tourney a top draw for college coaches

Eliza Statile, from Ipswich High School, defends the goal in the Northern Rise lacrosse tourney in Byfield on Sunday.
Eliza Statile, from Ipswich High School, defends the goal in the Northern Rise lacrosse tourney in Byfield on Sunday.Credit: Mark Lorenz for The Boston Globe

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BYFIELD — The Northern RISE Girls’ Lacrosse Showcase is the Disney World of tournaments.

The setting on the campus of Governor’s Academy is intimate, the atmosphere festive, the hospitality first-class. But the lure for college coaches from across the country is the top-level high school talent on hand from the mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions.

“We’ve been blessed so far, and now we’re the No. 1 tournament in the nation,” said Lukas Cash, the tournament’s coordinator.

According to Cash, more college coaches — a total of 154 last Friday, Saturday, and Sunday — attend this tournament than any other girls’ lacrosse showcase in the United States; yet the RISE was created by his event management company, REVevents, just four years ago.

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