If you want to get a sneak peak at this year’s Virginia men’s lacrosse team, you’ll get that opportunity this October as the 2021 national champions will play in two exhibition games against Team USA and Team Canada in this year’s USA Lacrosse Fall Classic.
“We are grateful for the invitation to participate at this year’s USA Lacrosse Fall Classic,” Virginia Head Coach Lars Tiffany said in a statement. “This is a unique opportunity for our team to compete against the best lacrosse players in the world and we look forward to the challenge.”
Both games will be played on Saturday, October 16 at USA Lacrosse Headquarters in Sparks, Maryland, and tickets will go on sale the week of September 13.
The Boston College women’s lacrosse team will also take on the US and Canadian national teams, also on October 16. The Eagles are coming off their first-ever national championship.
The NCAA champions against the world champions. It doesn’t get better than that, folks.
On the men’s side, the US and Canadian national teams have alternated world championships since 2002 (US: 2002, 2010, 2018; Canada: 2006, 2014).
Led by Duke head coach John Danowski, this will be the first competition for the USA men since January 2020.
The lone former Cavalier on the Team USA roster is faceoff specialist Tom Kelly, who had a college career consisting of exactly one appearance and one faceoff, which he lost. He was a member of the 2011 team that went on to win the national championship. He withdrew from college by the fall semester of the following school year, and you can read more about that incredible journey here.