March 23, 2010

MLL Announces Warrior Challenge, Draft

from press release

BOSTON
 – Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, today announced that the 2010 Warrior Major League Challenge and Collegiate Draft will be held at Yale University in New Haven, CT on Sunday, June 6th, 2010 in conjunction with Yale University, US Lacrosse and CONNY Youth Lacrosse.

The Warrior Major League Challenge is an all-star exhibition game that will feature top college seniors playing against the US Men's National Team. The game will take place at 2:30 PM ET at the Yale Bowl. Following the game, MLL teams will make their selections in the 2010 Collegiate Draft. The Draft is slated to begin at 7:00 PM ET in the Lanman Center, situated inside the Payne Whitney Gym on Yale's campus in downtown New Haven. The Draft is open to the public.

"Major League Lacrosse is very excited to partner with Yale University and CONNY Youth Lacrosse for our Warrior Major League Challenge and Draft," said MLL Commissioner David Gross. "Fans will have the opportunity to come see Team USA and the best graduating seniors battle on the hallowed field of the Yale Bowl. We look forward to a successful event as we welcome a new generation of players into Major League Lacrosse."

"We are excited to be a part of showcasing of the next class of superstars in the MLL," adds Yale Men's Lacrosse head coach Andy Shay. "Further, the Yale lacrosse program specifically is honored to be a part of this one-of-a-kind event. I think the competitors, coaches and fans will find the Yale bowl to be a great venue for lacrosse."

Each season, Major League Lacrosse invites approximately 40 of the nation's top graduating seniors to participate in MLL Draft day activities. Players are invited based on a number of factors, including the recommendations of MLL and college coaches and overall collegiate performance. The game provides one final chance for MLL personnel to evaluate the players. Most years, the seniors are split into two teams playing against each other – this season, however, they will be facing off against Team USA in preparation for the 2010 FIL World Championships in Manchester, England. Team USA will also take on the best of current MLL players – the MLL All-Stars – later in the summer at the 2010 Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game in Boston, MA on Thursday, July 8th.

"We're thrilled for the opportunity to scrimmage the MLL's College Stars," stated US Lacrosse Director of National Teams Nathaniel Badder. "Not only do these young guys represent the best and brightest stars of the college lacrosse world, but you can bet they will be in great shape and – because they're essentially auditioning for the MLL that day – they'll be hungry. No doubt they will give us a run for our money, which will be an ideal tune-up as we prepare for training camp before heading to Manchester for the FIL Championship."

Throughout Draft day on the surrounding fields of the Yale Bowl, CONNY Youth Lacrosse will be hosting one of its tournament jamborees as well, creating a unique lacrosse festival atmosphere for CONNY participants and other fans to enjoy.

"The combination of the CONNY Tournament on eighteen fields surrounding the Yale Bowl and the MLL game against Team USA will make this event a top destination in the game of lacrosse," said CONNY President Bob Russell. "The CONNY kids will be inspired by the MLL players, and the players will recognize in the CONNY kids where they themselves were a decade ago. It is this continuity that inspires current and former players to give back to the game that has given them so much."

The 2010 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft is made up of eight rounds, with each round consisting of six picks. Boston, Denver and Toronto currently own 9 total picks each, while Chicago and Long Island have 8 and the Chesapeake Bayhawks 5. The Chicago Machine owns the first overall selection.

Click HERE for more information on the 2010 Warrior Major League Challenge and Collegiate Draft including event and ticket information. Tickets for CONNY members are only $5 and tickets for the general public are $10.


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