Men's Lacrosse Hits The Road For First-Ever Competition
Oct. 5, 2012
MILWAUKEE - Ridley High School in Folsom, Pa., is the site of this weekend's sixth annual Nick Colleluori Lacrosse Classic and where the Marquette Golden Eagles men's lacrosse team will play in their first competition as a NCAA Division I program.
Marquette is scheduled to play a doubleheader on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 6, with exhibition games on against High Point, slated for 8 a.m. Central time, followed by a contest against Robert Morris at 9:30 a.m.
Marquette is among 22 collegiate men's lacrosse team to participate in this weekend's event, which raises money and awareness for the HEADstrong Foundation and is a memorial to the organization's found, the late Nick Colleluori.
Colleluori, who graduated from Ridley High School in June 2004, was recruited by and later played for current MU head coach Joe Amplo when Amplo was a member of the Hofstra University men's lacrosse staff. Colleluori was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in September of 2005 and eventually lost a 14-month battle with cancer.
He started the HEADstrong Foundation before his passing on Nov. 28, 2006, to help those who have been diagnosed with forms of blood cancer. Since 2007, the HEADstrong Foundation has raised over $1,000,000 for blood cancer research, and the popular Nick Colleluori Lacrosse Classic has been the top fall tournament in men's lacrosse. Each participating team sells HEADstrong t-shirts to help raise funds and awareness.
To learn more about the HEADstrong Foundation, visit www.headstrongfoundation.org.