Hilton Head Island’s Max Boyer recently competed in the Junior National Lacrosse League Tournament in Toronto, Canada, one of the most prestigious youth box lacrosse tournaments in North America. Boyer is a member of the Georgia Swarm Pro Lacrosse team’s Junior Bantam squad for 13- and 14-year-old players.
In July, Boyer attended Junior Swarm tryouts in Suwanee, Georgia, and was one of only 15 players selected to represent the Swarm in Toronto for the Junior NLL Tournament. Boyer learned about the Junior Swarm program when the Swarm hosted a youth lacrosse clinic with Lowcountry Lacrosse at the Island Rec Center on June 20. Prior to the Junior NLL Tournament, Boyer and his family made the five-hour drive to and from Suwanee for five straight weekends to practice with the Junior Swarm.
"I just love the sport of box lacrosse and playing for my favorite team, the Georgia Swarm,” Boyer said. “That's what made me do it.”
Box lacrosse differs from field lacrosse in that it’s played indoors and features five-on-five action with a goalie at each end and a 30-second shot clock.
"It was great,” Boyer said. “It was way different than field lacrosse and the box I normally play. It was a lot more physical and there’s faster ball movement … I'd love to play it as long as I can; I like it more than field lacrosse.”