Four of the U.S. Ursuline high schools joined together for the 2012 lacrosse tournament hosted by Ursuline Academy in Wilmington, Delaware. It was the 6th in what has become a tradition in the schools.

Ursuline Academy in Dedham, Mass., The Ursuline School in New Rochelle, NY, and Ursuline Academy in St. Louis, Missouri arrived in Wilmington and welcomed each other on Thursday, April 19, to share days of sports and classes, through Saturday, April 21.

“It was more than just a lacrosse tournament,” remarked Kelly Felicetta ’15 of The Ursuline School. “It was a chance to meet girls from other states.” And for some, it renewed contacts made over past years, as the tournament rotates annually to other schools in the Ursuline network.

On Friday the guest students shadowed the Ursuline Wilmington host students, all in their school uniforms, attending class and experiencing life in another Ursuline school. They shared the common language—notably among them, Serviam–and traditions of Ursuline schools across the country. Saturday was given to lacrosse and the fun of competition on the field.

There are 24 Ursuline schools nationwide and 108 worldwide. Ursuline lacrosse coaches initiated the tournament in 2007 for Ursuline schools that field lacrosse teams and are able to participate.

Eileen Davidson, principal of The Ursuline School, noted that the tournament was “an opportunity for the students to get a small sense of the expansive network of Ursuline schools to which we belong . . . the foundation for future connections.” Next year, The Ursuline School will host the tournament.