Stars & Stripes Lacrosse Weekend at Harvard, Oct. 9-10

Six former Massachusetts high school lacrosse stars will return to the Bay State as members of the World Champion U.S. Women's National Lacrosse Team during the annual Stars & Stripes Lacrosse weekend on Oct. 9-10 at Harvard University. This reigning World Cup Champion women's team won the Gold Medal last year by beating Australia 8-7 in Prague, Czech Republic.

The women's team features six former Massachusetts high school lacrosse stars, including Kristen Kjellman of Westwood, who won three straight national championships at Northwestern from 2005 to 2007, becoming the first-ever athlete to win the Tewaaraton Award in consecutive years as the top player in college lacrosse (the equivalent of college football's Heisman Trophy); Sarah Albrecht of Braintree, Kjellman's teammate on two of the Northwestern national championship teams; Sarah Bullard of Needham who plays at Duke; Kristin Igoe of Framingham who plays at Boston College; and Katy Fitzgerald of North Andover, who plays at North Carolina; and Jennifer Russell of Andover, who played for the Tar Heels.

The US Lacrosse event also will include games with the U.S. Women's National U-19 Team, which has three Massachusetts high school players, and the World Champion U.S. Men's National Lacrosse Team, which includes several Massachusetts natives and members of the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse.

The 38-player women's national team opponents include Harvard University, Boston College and Boston University. The U-19 women will play the Revolution Lacrosse Club and Massachusetts Elite Lacrosse Club, while the men's team will play Harvard.

There also will be two-hour instructional clinics for U.S. Lacrosse youth members on Sunday morning, hosted by members of the national teams. To register and for more information, please visit www.uslacrosse.org/starsstripes2010. Also that morning, sports psychologist Dr. Richard Ginsburg will speak to parents and coaches at 9:00 a.m. at the Harvard Sports Complex.

The full schedule of the weekend's events, which includes free admission for all the women's games, is:

Saturday, October 9
7:00 p.m. U.S. Women's Senior Team vs. Harvard University

Sunday, October 10
8:30-10:30 a.m. U.S. Women's Senior & U-19 Team player clinics 8:30-10:30 a.m. U.S. Men's Team player clinic
12:00 p.m. U.S. Men's Team vs. Harvard University ($10 for adults; $5 for USL members; $5 for children)
1:00 p.m. U.S. Women's Senior Team #1 vs. Boston College
1:00 p.m. U.S. Women's Senior Team #2 vs. Boston University
3:30 p.m. U.S. Women's U-19 Team vs. Revolution Lacrosse Club
3:30 p.m. U.S. Women's Senior Team #1 vs. Boston University
3:30 p.m. U.S. Women's Senior Team #2 vs. Boston College
5:30 p.m. U.S. Women's U-19 Team vs. Massachusetts Elite Lacrosse Club

2010-09-30



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