September 24, 2013

USC, Oregon Coming to Seattle's Seatown Classic

SEATTLE NCAA Division I college lacrosse returns to Seattle this fall as the University of Southern California and the University of Oregon women’s varsity lacrosse teams go head-to-head in the second Seatown Classic, Sunday, Oct. 13.

The NCAA Women’s Division I lacrosse matchup, presented by the Washington State Chapter of US Lacrosse, takes place at Issaquah High School Stadium and is part of the Washington State Lacrosse Hall of Fame weekend that includes the Washington State Lacrosse Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 12.

In the 2013 NCAA Seatown Classic, two former Washington state high school lacrosse players are expected to take part; USC’s Alex Foreman, a former All-American and All-State player at the Eastside Catholic School and Jacky Hennegan, a former All-State player at Central Kitsap High School.

Combined, USC and Oregon have a total of five Northwest players on their rosters including USC’s Foreman (Sammamish, Wash. / Eastside Catholic School), Hennegan (Bremerton, Wash. / Central Kitsap HS) and Ceara Leo (Portland, Ore. / Woodrow Wilson HS) and Oregon’s Courtney Valdez (Clackamas, Ore. / Foothill HS), Lindsay LeMay (Corvalis, Ore. / Corvallis HS).

“The Washington State Chapter of US Lacrosse is excited to bring high-level NCAA Div. I lacrosse back to the State of Washington for a second consecutive year,” said Dave Low, president of the Washington State Chapter of US Lacrosse. “With the demand among youth and high school girls in Washington state to play lacrosse it's important that we continue to bring the highest level of the game to the state,” Low said. “We want our kids to experience first-hand the best collegiate lacrosse players in America."

USC and Oregon are among five Pac-12 schools that offer women’s lacrosse. The others are California, Stanford and Colorado. A total of 407 NCAA schools offer women's lacrosse at the Division I, II and III levels, while another 319 NCAA schools offer men's lacrosse.

2013 Washington State Lacrosse Hall of Fame

The 2013 Washington State Lacrosse Hall of Fame Weekend includes the Washington State Lacrosse Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 12. The event gets underway at 6 p.m. at the Heathman Hotel in Kirkland. Tickets for the dinner program are $65 and available at http://www.uslacrosse.org/chapterwashington/StateHallofFame.aspx

2013 NCAA Seatown Classic

The 2013 NCAA Seatown Classic takes place at 1 p.m., Sunday, October 13 at Issaquah High School Stadium. General admission tickets are available in advance for $13 at www.SeatownClassic.org and day-of-game for $15.

The event also includes a lacrosse clinic for youth and high school level players. More information on the Seatown Classic women’s lacrosse clinic is available at www.SeatownClassic.org.

The NCAA Division I lacrosse game is the second to be played in Washington state. In 2012, the Washington State Chapter of US Lacrosse brought the University of Maryland and the University of Denver to the Seattle area for the state's first NCAA Division I lacrosse game.

Lacrosse has over 100 years of history in Washington state with clubs playing in the early 1900s and high schools now in their fourth decade of state competition. With Native American origins, lacrosse is one of the oldest organized sports on the continent and today is considered the fastest growing sport in America. In Washington state, some 4,000 student-athletes attending over 200 WIAA high schools play prep lacrosse, while another 6,000 play lacrosse at the youth, adult and collegiate club levels throughout the state.

For more information on lacrosse in Washington state visit http://www.uslacrosse.org/chapterwashington or http://www.WashingtonHSLAX.com


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