Duke Lacrosse to Take on U.S. Squad on Sunday

DURHAM, N.C.-With eight days of practice under its belt, Duke will have its first and only test against a different opponent this fall, when it faces the U.S. men's national senior team for Stars & Stripes weekend. The game is on October 9 at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, N.C. Faceoff is set for 11:00 a.m.

Admission for Sunday's games is $5 for adults, $3 for students, and children under the age of 6 will be admitted for free. There is no charge for admission to the games on Saturday night. Current US Lacrosse members who show their valid membership card will receive a $2 discount. Tickets can be purchased at the stadium on the day of the game. All youth and high school players who attend Saturday's clinic will receive complimentary admission to Sunday's games. All proceeds go directly to the U.S. National Teams program and are used to offset the costs of travel and training throughout the year.

The United States roster features three former Blue Devils, two of which also were members of the 2010 U.S. Men's National FIL World Championship squad. Kevin Cassese, a two-time first team All-American for the Blue Devils, will coach the U.S. squad. He currently serves as the men's lacrosse head coach at Lehigh University.

Former Blue Devils Ned Crotty and Matt Danowski will line up for the United States attack. Crotty won the 2010 Tewaaraton Trophy and was a two-time first team All-American, while Danowski captured the 2008 Tewaaraton Trophy and earned first team All-America accolades three times.

Under the direction of sixth-year head coach John Danowski, the Blue Devils welcome eight freshmen to the team. Duke returns 32 players, including four All-America choices, from last year's squad that finished 14-6 and advanced to the NCAA semifinals.

The U.S. women's national senior team will compete against Navy at 9:00 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m.


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