What We’re Watching: US Lacrosse Fall Classic

Even after the conclusion of the MLL and PLL seasons, we are lucky enough to have another weekend of high level lacrosse to watch.

At the US Lacrosse Fall Classic, there will be rematches between Team USA and Team Canada on both the Women’s and Men’s sides as well as scrimmages featuring the reigning Women’s and Men’s NCAA National Champions Maryland and Virginia. Many of the best lacrosse players in the world will gather at the US Lacrosse headquarters for a great weekend of lacrosse. The tradition of Team USA playing one of the top teams from the previous college season continues and this year Team Canada has been added into the mix.

Every game will be available to watch on Lax Sports Network this weekend.

Friday 10/18

USA vs Canada Women
Watch on LaxSportsNetwork at 6 pm ET

In 2017, the US women’s team defeated the Canadians to capture the Women’s Lacrosse World Cup. They will meet again at the Fall Classic to rekindle their rivalry. Both squads will have some young talent on their rosters as they work towards preparing for the next World Cup in 2021. If you’ve never really watched women’s lacrosse, this is a must watch game you should tune in to as the best players in the world will square off in a great showcase of the sport.

USA vs Canada Men
Watch on LaxSportsNetwork at 8 pm ET

It has only been a little over a year since Team USA pulled off a miraculous last second victory over Canada in a controversial championship game in Israel. That game is still very fresh in the minds of the players and lacrosse fans alike. This will be the first time the teams have played since then and it will surely be an intense and fun lacrosse game to watch.

This is the biggest rivalry in the sport and every time these two teams meet it is going to be a battle.

Team USA released their roster for the event and 6 of the players were a part of the 2018 World Games Championship team.

The Canadian roster is very young compared to the US as Coach Mearns is getting younger Canadian players experience with the next World Games still three years away. It should be an interesting matchup of the veteran US team against some of the best young Canadian players that recently graduated or are still in college. Jeff Teat is the only player that was on the 2018 World Games roster for Canada that will be playing in the Fall Classic.

Also, good luck to my former Canisius teammates Holden Garlent and Dan Balawejder who will be playing for Canada.

You can see the Canadian roster for the Fall Classic at the link below:

http://cla.pointstreaksites.com/view/cla/news-feed/news_526110

Saturday 10/19

Maryland vs Canada Women
Watch on LaxSportsNetwork at 9 am ET

Maryland vs USA Women
Watch on LaxSportsNetwork at 11:30 am ET

Maryland is coming off an amazing season that culminated in the Terps winning the 2019 National Championship. They now begin their journey to repeat against some very good competition in the USA and Canada national teams. Both these games should be up and down fast paced battles and we’ll see if the Terps will be able to power through this doubleheader.

Virginia vs USA Men
Watch on LaxSportsNetwork at 2 pm ET

Virginia vs Canada Men
Watch on LaxSportsNetwork at 4:30 pm ET

Virginia got hot at the right time on their way to winning the 2019 National Championship with a little luck helping them along the way.

Virginia only lost a few key players from last year so they should be very dangerous as they go up against Canada and Team USA. Expect a wide variety of players on the Virginia roster to get playing time and also expect some young players to take some risks and try to prove themselves against the best in the world. Team Canada is made up of mostly college players and recent graduates so it will be a much closer matchup for Virginia than against the veteran US squad.

There are always some great highlights that come out of these matchups of college teams and Team USA/Canada like this Mark Matthews move that had kids everywhere replicating it soon after.

Olympic Trial Rules Games

It doesn’t seem like they will be available to watch, but the US and Canada men’s and women’s teams will also be playing games with the experimental new Olympic rules. These rules include 6 v 6 play, a smaller field, 45 second shot clock, and a 10 person roster. It will be interesting to see what the players think of it and if it could be the next form of lacrosse. There will definitely be extensive tinkering with the rules from now until lacrosse gets a chance to be in the Olympics with the earliest chance being in 2028.

Who do you think will win the scrimmages?

Team USA or Team Canada?

Maryland or Team USA/Canada?

Virginia or Team USA/Canada?

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