Posted Thursday, October 04, 2007 by .
Ann Arbor, Mich. - The University of Michigan Men's Lacrosse team will take on nine-time NCAA National Champion and 2007's title-winner, Johns Hopkins University along with perennial top-25 Army on Friday, October 12th in Ann Arbor, Michigan at Elbel Field at 6:00 pm in an evening of scrimmages.
Michigan has taken on Division I opponents in scrimmage formats before, but the Hopkins and Army should test the Wolverines' mettle like never before. This also marks the first time that Michigan will compete against such high caliber teams in Ann Arbor.
Said Michigan head coach John Paul, "We are honored that coach Pietramala and coach Alberici are willing to bring their teams here to Ann Arbor and to play us. It's a tremendous opportunity for our program and for lacrosse in the state of Michigan. It's a unique chance to see the best in the game playing close to home, and I know the lacrosse community will come out in full force to support this great event."
Last season, the Wolverines finished 13-5 (7-0 Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association) in the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association, the governing body for the nation's top collegiate club teams. The MCLA provides a governing structure much like the NCAA with nine MCLA conferences spread across the country.
$5 general admission tickets will be available at the gate on game-day with no plans for advanced ticket sales. Each team will play each other for three total games over the course of the evening. For more information, and all of your Michigan Men's Lacrosse needs, please visit MGoBlue.com.
Friday, October 12
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Scrimmages begin at 6:00 p.m.
Michigan men's lacrosse is very proud to present an evening of scrimmages featuring the defending CCLA Champion Wolverines, the defending NCAA Division 1 National Champion Johns Hopkins Bluejays and NCAA Division 1 Army Black Knights. Join the teams under the lights at Elbel Field for this exciting kick-off to the 2007 Michigan Homecoming weekend.
6:00 p.m. Michigan vs. Johns Hopkins
7:00 p.m. Johns Hopkins vs. Army
8:30 p.m. Michigan vs. Army
SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY MATT WARD
The 2006 Tewaaraton Trophy winner and MLL Rookie of the Year will be on hand to sign autographs and meet fans.
The Ward File:
2006, 2007 MLL All-Star
2006 MLL Rookie of the Year
2006 Tewaaraton Trophy winner
3-Time NCAA Division 1 All-American
2-Time NCAA Division 1 National Champion (Virginia)
General admission tickets are $5 and are available on a walk-up basis at the Michigan Ticket office. Tickets will also be available at the event. Advanced group sales (for groups of 20 or more) are available by calling Joe Hennessy at (734) 276-8493 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elbel Field is located at the corners of Hill Street and Division. (Map coming soon) Bleacher seating will be available for 3,000. Festival seating (bring your own chairs / blankets) will also be available.
Parking will available in several area lots (parking map coming soon) and will cost $5 per car. Once the lots are full cars will have to park on the surrounding residential streets or nearby public lots. Bus parking will be at the Crisler Arena lot (no cars at Crisler).
Food and beverages will be available at the Showcase for purchase. Michigan lacrosse apparel and Showcase tee shirts will also be available. The Warrior trailer will be on hand, and staff will be providing free instruction to all youth players in attendance.