October 12, 2012

Fall Ball Weekend Preview: Coast-to-Coast Action

by Corey McLaughlin | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

Twenty-nine games will be played on four different fields in an eight-hour period on Saturday at the Navy Invitiational in Annapolis, Md.
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After a busy weekend of tournaments and play days one week ago, the fall season continues with another packed slate from sea to shining sea, as you'll see.

Saturday, Oct. 13


Navy at Notre Dame, 11 a.m.
Rick Sowell brings Navy to South Bend for a scrimmage on a busy Notre Dame-Stanford football game weekend. It's Notre Dame's final fall ball event after playing Detroit and Bellarmine at Hales Franciscan High in Chicago last Saturday.

Villanova at Loyola, 1 p.m.
Baltimore area fans get a chance to see the defending national champion Greyhounds in action.

Maryland vs. Denver, 2 p.m. — Seatown Classic
The first meeting between Division I teams in Washington State pits the 2012 national runner-up Terrapins against fellow NCAA tournament team Denver. The US Lacrosse Washington Chapter has organized the event. Read an in-depth preview here featuring a Q-and-A with one of the organizers, Kris Snider, the father of Washington-native and former Maryland midfielder Drew Snider.

Iroquois vs. Team USA, 8 p.m. — Bowhunter Cup
The third annual Bowhunter Cup, an international indoor exhibition game, between the Iroquois Nationals and Team USA will take place at Blue Cross Arena, home of the National Lacrosse League's Rochester Knighthawks. The teams have split the first two Bowhunter Cup games, although the Iroquois are 4-1 all-time against the U.S. indoor competition.


Navy Invitational, 8:30 a.m.
Navy hosts the largest-scale event on the weekend docket with 29 games on four different fields over the course of eight hours. Syracuse, North Carolina, James Madison, Denver, Ohio State, Stanford, Towson, Harvard, George Washington, Louisville, LaSalle, Bucknell, Robert Morris will all play. Here's the full event schedule (PDF).

Johns Hopkins Tournament, 9 a.m.
The Blue Jays host Georgetown, Lehigh and Temple. Six games total.

Columbia Play Day, 9:30 a.m.
It's truly a full day of lacrosse in the heart of New York City as this event runs until 7 p.m. Participating: Hofstra, Stony Brook, USC, Iona, LIU-Post, Wagner, Columbia and New York Athletic Club.

Sunday, Oct. 14


North Carolina vs. Ohio State, 10 a.m.MRB "Thumbs Up" Weekend
Proceeds from this game benefit the MRB Scholarship Fund. The Michael R. Breschi Memorial Scholarship is one of the largest memorial endowed scholarships in the Ohio State athletics department, and was created in memory of Michael Breschi, the son of former Ohio State lacrosse coach and current North Carolina coach Joe Breschi and his wife, Julie. Michael passed away tragically in March 2004 when he was just three years old. The Michael Robert Breschi Scholarship is given to a senior lacrosse player every year that best exemplifies the spirit of Michael. Additionally, US Lacrosse annually names two high school recipients of its annual Michael Breschi Scholarship. These winners are the son or daughter of a coach.

Army Play Day, 11 a.m.
A trio of top 20 contenders — Army, St. John's and Harvard — meet in West Point.

Christian Prince Memorial at Yale, 1:30 p.m.
2012 Tewaaraton Award finalist Will Manny and the Minutemen travel to Yale for a fall day with Rutgers.


Georgetown Play Day, 9 a.m.
Stanford, Ohio State and Virginia travel to Washington. Six games total.

North Carolina at Loyola, 9:30 a.m.
A pair of returning NCAA tournament teams meet.

Princeton Fall Invitational, 10 a.m.
Princeton hosts Albany, Penn and Boston College.

USC at Rutgers
First-year program USC, led by Team USA captain Lindsay Munday, makes an East Coast swing, playing in Saturday's play day at Columbia in New York City, before traveling to New Jersey for a scrimmage with Rutgers on Sunday.

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