Oct. 8, 2009
HAMDEN, CT - Connecticut's five Division I men's lacrosse teams will come together for the first time, Sunday, Oct. 18, at Yale University in New Haven, for the Christian Prince Memorial Tournament for the Connecticut Cup. Fairfield University, the University of Hartford, Quinnipiac University, Sacred Heart University and host Yale will be featured in the five-team double-elimination tournament, with the winner receiving the First Annual Connecticut Cup.
"Sacred Heart is excited to be part of this tremendous event," said Sacred Heart Head Coach Tom Mariano. "This is something we have talked about for a long time and it's great to see it come together."
The Connecticut Cup is a unique fall ball event in collegiate men's lacrosse. The event is the only one of its kind that plays an open bracket for an eventual champion within the event.
The event will run all day on Oct. 18 with the championship game being played that evening. The tournament will be played as part of the Christian Prince Memorial Tournament held annually at Yale, named after the former standout Bulldog lacrosse player.
Prince, the namesake for Yale's defensive player of the year award and a scholarship fund at the university, earned a varsity letter as a Bulldog freshman in 1990 but was killed in the winter of 1991. He had been a high school All-American at the Lawrenceville (N.J.) School, where he also lettered in football and hockey. Prince was very involved in community outreach programs.
Sacred Heart opens its 2010 regular season with a home match against the University of Massachusetts on February 13th. The Pioneers schedule is highlighted with the season finale at NCAA semifinalist Duke on May 9th.