Weekend Watch: MLL's Second Half Starts, U19 Training Camp, Vail
Is there really an offseason? It's the first full weekend of July and there is still a lot of lacrosse to watch. Here's some to keep an eye on.
MLL's Second Half Starts
The second half of the Major League Lacrosse season begins Friday with the front end of a rare weekend home-and-home series between the Rochester Rattlers and Long Island Lizards. Both games will be televised live nationally, one on CBS Sports Network and the other on ESPN2.
On Saturday, the Hamilton Nationals and Boston Cannons meet and will honor former Team Canada goalie Chris Sanderson by wearing No. 17 T-shirts. The shirts will be auctioned off after the game with proceeds going to the Chris Sanderson Memorial Trust. Sanderson, the three-time All-World goalie, passed away last Thursday after a lengthy battle with brain cancer.
MLL Week 9
For more on what to look for the second half of the MLL calendar, check out Phil Shore's weekly column.
U.S. U19 Men's Training Camp
The 23-member U.S. under-19 men's national team gets together for three days at Bryant University in Rhode Island on Friday through Sunday. It's their final stateside preparation before flying out of New York to Finland on Monday for the FIL World Championships that begin Thursday.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday sessions at Bryant are open to the public. Team captains will be named this weekend and the team will work with Bryant head coach Mike Pressler, who was the head coach of the U.S. men's senior national team when it won gold two years ago. That team also held training camp at Bryant before heading to Manchester, England, for its competition.
The Under-19 World Championships run July 12-21 in Turku, Finland, about a two-hour drive from Helsinki. Opening ceremonies are set for July 12 and the U.S.'s first game is July 13 against Australia at 7 p.m. local time (noon, U.S. Eastern time).
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The team over the last three weeks had played three exhibitions – on Long Island and in Pennsylvania and New Jersey – and held youth clinics at each location.
The 40th annual Vail Lacrosse Shootout continues in Colorado with competitions in Under-19, Supermasters (age 40 and over) and the Grandmasters (50 and over). Champions have already been crowned in Men's and Women's Elite and Masters divisions.