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US National Team Scrimmage @ Army Sat 9/26

Posted Monday, September 21, 2009 by US Lacrosse.Org

U.S. Training Team to Scrimmage, Host Clinic at Army

WEST POINT, N.Y. – While the 2010 season is still months away, the Army lacrosse team recently announced its fall schedule of events. Highlighted by a visit by the U.S. National Lacrosse Team, the Black Knights will also play a pair of scrimmages against Stony Brook and Marist.

The National Team will pay a visit to West Point on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26-27, to scrimmage and practice in preparation for the upcoming World Championships. On Saturday, the national team, lead by head coach and current Bryant head coach Mike Pressler, will hold practice from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Michie Stadium, before joining the Army lacrosse team in hosting a free youth clinic from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

"I am really excited to come back to West Point," said Pressler, who served as an assistant coach for two seasons at Army from 1984-85 under former Hall of Fame coach Jack Emmer. "It is shaping up to be a great event. I have a lot of great memories of West Point and (Army) Coach (Joe) Alberici and I have had nothing but a great relationship over the years."

The national team will wrap up the day by playing a split-squad game, scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m. On Sunday, the squad will finish its stay with a practice from 9:30-11:30 a.m. All events are free and open to the public.

"Bringing the training team to West Point for our inaugural event for the first time ever in this kind of format, the excitement around the team is at an all-time high," continued Pressler. "A sense of patriotism is certainly part of this for our squad and we are all eagerly anticipating the start of our fall schedule with the coming weekend's events."

A week later on Sunday, Oct. 4, Stony Brook and Marist will come to town for a day of scrimmaging. Army will kick things off with a game opposite Stony Brook at 11:00 a.m., and finish the day by taking on Marist. The Sea Wolves and the Red Foxes will also square off in between the Black Knights' two games. All three games will take place at Shea Stadium and are free to the public.

Army's annual Black and White intersquad scrimmage will kick off the three-week stretch of competition this Sunday. Faceoff is slated for a 12:00 p.m. at Shea Stadium.

"I'm really looking forward to the next three weekends, not only for our team, but for the community," said Alberici, who was an assistant coach at Duke under Pressler from 1997-2005 is also serving as an assistant coach on the U.S. Team staff. "Having Coach Pressler and the national team here will be a great opportunity for area lacrosse fans to come see some of the best players in the world showcase their talent. This is also a great time of year to get our guys excited for the coming season, while we get to take an even closer look at how our incoming class of guys stacks up."

Former Army All-America and two-time Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year Adam Fullerton, who was selected to play on the U.S. National Training Team, will return to the Hudson Valley to participate in the weekend's events.

To pre-register for the clinic, or for more information, call the Army lacrosse office at (845) 938-2429.

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