July 15, 2011

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Nearly 1,100 Coming to US Lacrosse Events

from press release

BALTIMORE – US Lacrosse is set to welcome nearly 1,100 lacrosse players from 33 states to the Orlando area for the Champion All-American Showcases and the US Lacrosse U15 National Championships, presented by Champion. The marquee events feature teams and players from around the country at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex as part of this year's ESPN RISE Games.

The US Lacrosse events open Sunday, July 17 with the girls' Champion All-American Showcase. This event features many of top high school players in the country, including U.S. U19 national team members Madison Acton (Sudbury, Mass.), Alyssa Blevins (Bel Air, Md.), Kelsey Duryea (Beverly, Mass.), Christine Ferguson (Weston, Mass.) and Allison Murray (Exton, Pa.), and U19 training team members Anna Salemo (Littleton, Colo.), Sammy Jo Tracy (Bedford, N.Y.) and Rachel Vallarelli (Hartsdale, N.Y.). Players from 26 states are participating on four all-star teams that will compete over a three-day period, culminating with the championship game on Tuesday, July 19 at 2 p.m. The championship game will be aired live on espn3.com.

The boys' Champion All-American Showcase will be held July 20-22 with the championship game being aired on a tape-delayed basis by ESPNU on Saturday, July 23 at 7 p.m. Players representing 31 states will compete, including five players from the recently named 2012 U.S. men's U19 national team — Connor Buczek (Amelia, Ohio), Ralph D'Agostino (Califon, N.J.), Kyle Keenan (Smithtown, N.Y.), Zach Oliveri (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) and Tanner Ottenbreit (Parker, Colo.).

The US Lacrosse Girls' U15 National Championship, presented by Champion, runs July 20-22. Twenty teams representing 14 states will compete in the championship, which begins with pool play on July 20 and moves to bracket play on July 21. The Long Island Yellow Jackets (N.Y.) are the defending champions, while last year's runner-up, Stars Gold (Va.), is also in the field.

The US Lacrosse Boys' U15 National Championship, presented by Champion, will be held from July 22-24. This year's field features 27 teams from 16 states. Pool play will begin on July 22, and the top 16 teams will move onto the championship bracket on July 23 with 11 teams competing in the consolation bracket. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is the two-time defending champion, and For the Love of the Game (N.Y.) is in the field for the third straight year after finishing as the runner-up in 2009 and 2010.

Lacrosse Magazine Online (www.laxmagazine.com) will have complete coverage and live blogs from all four events.

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