Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 9/19/14
From Press Release
Lehigh head men’s lacrosse coach Kevin Cassese will team with Penn State’s Jeff Tambroni to coach the United States Men’s National Team in the third installment of Seattle’s annual NCAA Seatown Lacrosse Classic. The U.S. will face NCAA finalist Notre Dame on Saturday, Oct. 18 in the Great Northwest.
“It’s great to bring this type of a showcase game out to the Great Northwest,” said Cassese. “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.”
The U.S. versus Notre Dame will take place at 2 p.m. local time (5 p.m. ET) 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.
“The level of play in Washington, as well as Oregon and Northern California, has increased on an annual basis in my 10 years of Division I coaching,” said Cassese. “You are starting to see more and more players from those areas excel at the collegiate level and some even make it to the professional and international ranks. It’s all very good for the game.”
Both Cassese and Tambroni were assistant coaches under Team USA head coach Richie Mead at this summer’s 2014 FIL World Championship in Denver where the U.S. went 5-1 and advanced to the championship game. The Red, White and Blue owns a 58-4 all-time record in the World Championships with USA’s most recent world title coming in 2010 behind a 12-10 title game defeat of Canada.
“Fans can expect to see some of the best athletes our sport has to offer,” said Cassese. “I’m sure Notre Dame will use it as an evaluation tool for their program and to be honest, U.S. Lacrosse will be doing the same. The U.S. training team concept is one that can help identify talent for future national teams and also keep the Team USA name current among the general lacrosse fan base. It should be a first-class event and we all look forward to participating.”
For host city Tukwila, the NCAA Seatown Classic brings world-level competition to a community known for its international diversity and youth sports programs.
“The City of Tukwila is excited to welcome lacrosse back to the community,” said Tukwila Mayor Jim Haggerton. “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 fans. In 2013, USC and Oregon’s women’s squads squared off at Issaquah High School in an all Pac-12 lacrosse match-up.