Notre Dame, Team USA to meet in Seattle’s Seatown Lacrosse Classic this October

TUKWILA, Wash. – Men’s Division I collegiate lacrosse returns to Washington state this October when NCAA finalist Notre Dame faces off against the world runner-up U.S. National Team in the third installment of Seattle’s annual NCAA Seatown Lacrosse Classic.

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Team USA players celebrate during a game against Japan at this summer’s FIL World Lacrosse Championships in Denver. (Photo: Scott McCall)

The Saturday, October 18 matchup between the 2014 NCAA Men’s Division I runner up Fighting Irish and the nine-time world champion and 2014 world runner up U.S. National Team gets underway at 2 p.m. at Tukwila’s Starfire Sports Complex just south of Downtown Seattle. The NCAA Seatown Classic is presented by the Washington State Chapter of US Lacrosse.

“Fans can expect to see some of the best athletes (lacrosse) has to offer,” said USA coach Kevin Cassese, the current Lehigh head men’s coach who along with Jeff Tambroni, Penn State head coach, will lead Team USA at the 2014 NCAA Seatown Classic.

Both Cassese and Tambroni were assistants under Team USA head coach Richie Meade at this summer’s 2014 FIL World Championship in Denver where the U.S. finished No. 2 in the world with a 5 – 1 record. Team USA’s only blemish came in an 8 – 5 loss to Canada in the championship game. With a 58-4 all-time record in World Championship competition, USA’s most recent world lacrosse title came in 2010 with a 12-10 defeat of Canada.

“It’s great to bring this type of a showcase game out to the great Northwest,” Cassese said. “The sport is booming out there, so hopefully this showcase can help add to the growth and give the local fans something to get incredibly excited about.”

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Notre Dame freshman midfielder Sergio Perkovic winds up for a shot during last spring’s NCAA Men’s Division I title game against Duke. (Photo: Tommy Gilligan – USA Today Sports)

For Notre Dame and head coach Kevin Corrigan, 0-2 all-time against Team USA falling in its 2011 and 2013 matchups, the NCAA Seatown Classic is both an opportunity to evaluate a national-level lacrosse program against world-class competition and an opportunity to play in front of one of the nation’s emerging lacrosse markets.

“The opportunity to go to Seattle is awesome. The competition against the national team and facing players of that caliber is great,” he said. “We’re interested in learning about our guys and how they can compete against top talent like that,” added Corrigan, who in 27 years has built Notre Dame into an NCAA powerhouse earning nine consecutive NCAA tournament berths and two title game appearances including last spring’s runner-up performance where the Irish fell to Duke 11-9 before 25,587 at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium.

And for Corrigan, who has made a point of visiting Washington state periodically over the past decade-and-a-half to evaluate high school lacrosse talent, the game is an opportunity to show off Notre Dame and its lacrosse program.

“(Washington state) is like a lot of these other outlying areas in that there is more depth of talent there,” said Corrigan whose 253-120 record is the second longest among active Division I men’s lacrosse head coaches. “All the things that need to be in place for an area to really start being a contributor to top college rosters are happening.”

For host city Tukwila, the NCAA Seatown Classic brings world-level competition to a community known for its international diversity and youth sports programs.

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The University of Washington ROTC Color Guard presents the colors prior to the 2012 NCAA Seatown Classic in Washington state. 3,589 fans packed Tukwila’s Starfire Sports Complex to watch Denver upset Maryland in the inaugural game just south of Downtown Seattle. (Photo: US Lacrosse – Washington State Chapter)

“The City of Tukwila is excited to welcome lacrosse back to the community,” Tukwila Mayor Jim Haggerton said. “In 2012 the City of Tukwila hosted the first NCAA Division I lacrosse match in the state of Washington, and it was an excellent event that brought high level lacrosse to the city. Tukwila’s Starfire Sports is a great facility to host the event and I hope that people from around the area will come and participate in this occasion.”

In the inaugural NCAA Seatown Classic in 2012, the University of Denver’s men’s squad downed Maryland 12-9 at Tukwila’s Starfire Sports Complex before 3,589. In 2013, USC and Oregon’s women’s squads squared off at Issaquah High School in an all Pac-12 lacrosse matchup.

Tickets to the 2014 NCAA Seatown Classic are $25 and available in advance online at http://www.SeatownClassic.org.

 

Notre Dame Lacrosse Links
Web: http://www.und.com/sports/m-lacros/nd-m-lacros-body.html
Roster: http://www.und.com/sports/m-lacros/mtt/nd-m-lacros-mtt.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FightingIrish
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ndlacrosse
Hashtag: #goIrish

 

Team USA Lacrosse Links
Web: www.uslacrosse.org/usmen

Roster: http://www.uslacrosse.org/team-usa/us-men/team-roster.aspx
Facebook: www.facebook.com/uslacrosse
Twitter: www.twitter.com/uslacrosse
Instagram: www.instagram.com/uslacrosse
Hashtag: #USAMLAX

 

Washington State Lacrosse Links
NCAA Seatown Classic: www.SeatownClassic.org

High School Lacrosse: www.WashingtonHSLAX.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/uslacrossewashington

Twitter: www.twitter.com/washingtonhslax

Hashtag: #seatownclassic #preplacrosse

 

About Lacrosse in Washington State
Lacrosse has over 100 years of history in Washington state with clubs playing in the early 1900s and high schools now in their fourth decade of state competition.  With Native American origins, lacrosse is one of the oldest organized sports on the continent and today is considered the fastest growing sport in America.  In Washington state, some 4,000 student-athletes attending over 200 high schools play prep lacrosse, while another 6,000 play lacrosse at the youth, adult and collegiate club levels throughout the state. For more information on high school lacrosse in Washington state visit http://www.WashingtonHSLAX.com.

 

 www.WashingtonHSLAX.com

~ Mike McQuaid, Sports Information Director – US Lacrosse, Washington State Chapter

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