March 15, 2010

4th Annual Patriot Cup Event Goes Off Saturday

from press release

– College lacrosse will return to Dallas March 20 for the fourth annual Patriot Cup. Returning Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) national champion University of Michigan will take the field at SMU's Gerald J. Ford Stadium to face off against the University of Oregon. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization that seeks to assist men and women of the armed forces who have been severely injured during conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and other locations around the world.

"The Patriot Cup has grown beyond our expectations in the last four years," said Tom Fitzsimmons, president of the North Texas Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse and Patriot Cup committee chair. "With the addition of national champion Michigan, we now have the Big Ten facing off against the Pac-10, which further highlights Dallas as the place to see lacrosse played at its best. No sport has grown faster at the high school and college levels over the last five years."

The 2010 Patriot Cup will showcase some of the nation's premier collegiate and high school programs in the week leading up to the main event. In addition to the Michigan/Oregon game, the Patriot Cup will feature three of the nation's top NCAA Division III teams. Western New England College (ranked 9th in 2009), Nazareth College (#19) and Bowdoin College (#20) will practice and play each other in Dallas, culminating with the WNEC vs. Nazareth game at SMU Ford Stadium on March 20.

Later that day, SMU and Texas A&M University will square off in the nightcap at Ford Stadium for the second consecutive year. Local high school teams St. Mark's School of Texas, Episcopal School of Dallas and Highland Park High School will serve as event hosts and will also compete at Ford Stadium on March 1920. The local schools will take on topranked lacrosse teams Loomis Chaffee (Connecticut) and J.K. Mullen (Colorado).

Saturday, March 20
SMU Ford Stadium
10:00 a.m. – St. Mark's School of Texas vs. Loomis Chaffee School (Connecticut)
12:00 p.m. – Nazareth College vs. Western New England College
2:30 p.m. – Highland Park High School vs. J.K. Mullen High School (Colorado)
4:30 p.m. – SMU vs. Texas A&M
7:00 p.m. – University of Michigan vs. University of Oregon

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