Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/29/10
From Press Releases and Staff Reports
ESPNU and US Lacrosse will air the U.S. men’s national team vs. Duke and the U.S. women’s national team vs. Duke games Saturday and Sunday, as part of the 2010 Champion Challenge at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
The U.S. men’s national team game will air on Sunday at 10 p.m. with an encore presentation on Tuesday at 4 p.m. The U.S. women’s national team game will air on Monday at 12 a.m. with a re-air on Tuesday at 2 p.m.
The fifth annual Champion Challenge is organized by US Lacrosse and sponsored by Champion Athleticwear, will feature the U.S. men’s and women’s national lacrosse teams as well as Duke’s men’s and women’s teams, the United States Military Academy’s men’s team, the University of Notre Dame and University of Florida women’s programs.
The men’s national team includes four Philly players: goalie Brian Dougherty (Episcopal Academy/Maryland), defensemen D.J. Driscoll (Malvern Prep/Notre Dame) and Kyle Sweeney (Springfield-Delco/Georgetown) and midfielder and Duke graduate Kevin Cassese (Lehigh men’s coach).
Duke’s men’s team has two Philly freshmen that have impressed during the fall and in early season workouts. Both goalie Dan Wigrizer (Haverford School) and defenseman Billy Conners (Malvern Prep) will be hoping to help themselves in their quests to earn regular roles.
The Duke women’s team is loaded with Philly girls. Returning as starters are midfielder Emma Hamm (Baldwin School) and Sara Giedgowd (Conestoga) while senior midfielder Christie Barnes (Radnor), junior defender Taylor Fleming (Merion Mercy) and sophomore midfielders Kim Wenger (Great Valley) and Amanda Jones (Germantown Academy) are fighting for time. Freshmen include midfielder Carolina Keating (Agnes Irwin) and defender Sara Kendrick (Hill School).
The US women’s national team – last year’s World Cup champion – is led by defender Regina Oliver (Pottstown/Ohio State) and midfielder Michi Ellers (Strath Haven/Georgetown), Michele DeJuliis (Ultimate Goal Lacrosse owner/Penn State), Whitey Douthett (Newtown, PA/Dartmouth) and Hollie McGarvie (Ultimate Goal coach/Princeton).
“US Lacrosse is dedicated to bringing more lacrosse to television and we’re pleased that ESPNU will air two Team USA games,” said Bill Schoonmaker, US Lacrosse’s chief operating officer. “The U.S. national teams feature the best men’s and women’s lacrosse players in the world and the Duke men’s and women’s teams are two of the best college lacrosse programs in the country. These will be two very exciting match-ups.”
ESPNU recently announced that the network will lead ESPN’s college lacrosse coverage with more games than ever before in 2010, including 40 men’s and women’s regular-season contests combined, in addition to one live game each on ESPN2 and ESPN360.com. The networks will televise 59 games overall, including the two Champion Challenge games, 42 regular-season contests (up from 30 in 2009) and 15 NCAA Tournament games across ESPNU, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN360.com.
US Lacrosse is the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse, and is the parent organization of the U.S. men’s and women’s national lacrosse teams. Warrior Lacrosse is the official exclusive equipment and apparel supplier to the U.S. men’s national teams program. deBeer Lacrosse is the official exclusive equipment and apparel supplier to the U.S. women’s national teams program.
For more information regarding the event schedule, tickets, youth clinics and to make travel arrangements, please visit http://www.uslacrosse.org/events/champchallenge2010.phtml.
Schedule of Clinics & Games
Saturday, January 30
9:00 – 11:00 am. U.S. women’s national team clinic – Register here: Youth | JV | Varsity
9:00 – 11:00 am. U.S. men’s national team clinic – Register here: Youth | JV | Varsity
1:00 p.m. U.S. women’s elite team vs. Notre Dame
3:00 p.m. U.S. men’s national team vs. Army
5:30 p.m. U.S. women’s developmental team vs. Florida
Sunday, January 31
8:45 a.m. U.S. women’s developmental team vs. Duke
11:00 a.m. U.S. women’s elite team vs. Duke
11:30 a.m. U.S. women’s developmental team vs. Notre Dame
1:00 p.m. U.S. men’s national team vs. Duke
U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team Clinics on January 30
• Players should arrive 30 minutes prior to the clinic start time in order to check-in.
• Participants are required to bring a mouth guard, sticks, protective gear and appropriate footwear.
• Players should bring their own water bottle.
• All clinic participants also receive free admission for Saturday’s and Sunday’s games.
Broadcast Times on ESPNU
U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Duke
Sunday, Jan. 31, 10 p.m; and Tuesday, Feb. 2, 4 p.m
U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Duke
Monday, Feb. 1, 12-midnight; and Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2 p.m