Loyola to face U.S. men's national team at Champion Challenge

Game to be played Jan. 27 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and shown on ESPNU; U.S. will also face Notre Dame as part of event

October 23, 2012|The Baltimore Sun

The Loyola men's lacrosse team will face the U.S. national team in the exhibition Champion Challenge, a US Lacrosse event, on Sunday, Jan. 27 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

The game will pit the defending NCAA and Federation of International Lacrosse champions in a game that will be broadcast on ESPNU and ESPN3.com. Further details about the event, including a game time, will be released at a later date.

"We are very excited about the opportunity to go down to Florida to play against the best of what the United States has to offer," Loyola  ooach Charley Toomey said. "We will use this game as a steppingstone for some tough early season matchups."

Loyola won its first-ever NCAA Division I national championship in May, defeating Maryland, 9-3, in the title game in Foxborough, Mass. The U.S. national team claimed the most recent FIL World Championship in 2010 and will bring approximately 45 players to the Champion Challenge in January for evaluation prior to tryouts for the 2014 U.S. men's national team.

The Champion Challenge will also feature a game between the U.S. men's national team game and Notre Dame. The U.S. women's national team will face Northwestern, the defending NCAA champion, and Syracuse, the national runner-up, during the weekend.

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