Team USA, Navy, Maryland, UVA Meet at Navy on Oct. 18

BALTIMORE - US Lacrosse has announced the fall exhibition schedule for the 40-man roster of the U.S. Men's National Training Team. The team just completed an exhibition game at the United States Military Academy at West Point (N.Y.) on Sept. 29 and next will play games at the United States Naval Academy (Md.) on Oct. 18 and Stony Brook University (N.Y.) on Oct. 31.

Following these events, the U.S. Men's National Team roster will be slimmed down from 40 men to 23, which will be the final roster and the team that will compete in the 2010 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships July 10-24 in Manchester, England.

Head Coach Mike Pressler will lead the U.S. team as they seek to recapture the gold after losing to Canada in the 2006 championship game. Since the first recognized international championship in 1967, the U.S. Team has won eight of 10 gold medals, winning their last one in 2002.

Schedule for Sun., Oct. 18 (Annapolis, Md. @ the United States Naval Academy)

10:00 a.m. - Navy vs. USA White - Rip Miller Field
10:00 a.m. - Maryland vs. USA Blue - Farragut Field
12:30 p.m. - Maryland vs. USA White - Farragut Field
12:30 p.m. Navy vs. Virginia Rip Miller Field
3:00 p.m. - Virginia vs. USA Blue - Rip Miller Field

* All games are free admission. *

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA- The Virginia men's lacrosse program will conclude its fall scrimmage schedule on Sunday by traveling to Annapolis, Md., to take on Navy and Team USA in a doubleheader scrimmage at Rip Miller Field, located on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy.

UVa will square off with Navy at 1:00 p.m., immediately followed by a tilt with one of two U.S. Men's Lacrosse National Training Teams. The U.S. Men's Lacrosse National Training Team is currently comprised of 40 players who will be vying for one of the Federation of International Lacrosse-mandated 23 roster spots. The weekend of Oct. 18 is the second of three training weekends this fall for the team before it is cut to its mandatory size in preparation for the FIL World Championship in Manchester, England, July 10-24, 2010.

Former UVa midfielder and current member of Major League Lacrosse's Boston Cannons, Matt Poskay, is the lone Cavalier alum on the 40-player training roster. Poskay, a second team All-American for the Cavaliers in 2006, was also named to the NCAA Championships All-Tournament team after UVa swept through the season on its way to a perfect 17-0 season and the program's fourth national championship.

The 40-man training roster will be split into two squads and ACC foe Maryland will join the five-team field.

A note for fans traveling: only cars with Department of Defense (DoD) stickers are allowed to drive onto the Naval Academy grounds. Fans are encouraged to either park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium ($5 charge to park) and take the free shuttle service over to the Naval Academy or park outside of the Academy gates and walk onto the grounds. All visitors are required to have a picture I.D. to gain access to the grounds.

2009-10-13



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