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posted 04.09.2011 at 12.13 a.m. by Corey McLaughlin

Government Shutdown Avoided; Army, Navy, Air Force Games on as Scheduled

Democrats and Republicans reached a budget agreement late Friday night to keep the United States government running through at least Thursday, meaning for the lacrosse world that Army, Navy and Air Force games scheduled for Saturday will go on as planned.

Had government activities shut down at midnight Friday, athletic competitions involving Army, Navy and Air Force would have been postponed, and there would have been no events until the shutdown was over, according to announcements from the Army and Navy athletic departments.

But an agreement was reached, averting a potential shutdown and allowing the three service academies to play their schedules uninterrupted.

Army will host Bucknell in a men's Patriot League game at noon Saturday at West Point. Air Force plays in Louisville against Bellarmine, also scheduled for noon Saturday local time.

The Navy men's team played Maryland Friday night at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Md. The Terps' won 10-4. The Navy women's team faces Colgate at noon Saturday in Annapolis.