Oct. 4, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's lacrosse team will play its lone fall exhibitions Saturday (Oct. 6) at the sixth annual Nick Colleluori Classic at Ridley High School in Folsom, Pa. The two-day event features top programs from all levels of NCAA men's lacrosse and is conducted to raise money for the HEADstrong Foundation to combat blood cancers.
The Wolverines will square off against the Marist Red Foxes at 9 a.m., followed by a matchup against the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers at 10:30 a.m. AccessLacrosse.com will provide a free video stream of the Michigan vs. Mount St. Mary's game.
"We as a program are excited to be headed back to the Colleluori Classic," said Michigan head coach John Paul. "It's a great lacrosse event, and we get the competition we need in the fall in an area where we recruit heavily.
"Of course the best thing about the event is the commitment of the Colleluori family toward such a worthy cause. We're humbled to do our small part to help them in the fight against blood cancer. Their passion and dedication for the HEADstrong Foundation is inspiring to our entire program."
A total of 24 collegiate men's lacrosse programs, 10,000 supporters and a large group of volunteers are expected to be part of the event. Admission is $10, and tickets will be sold at the gate. Children under 10 are admitted free.
To assist the HEADstrong Foundation with fundraising and awareness of blood cancer, the Wolverines sold HEADstrong T-shirts around Michigan's campus over the last few weeks, with all proceeds going toward blood cancer research and family assistance.
The event is in memory of Nicholas "Head" Colleluori, who graduated from Ridley High School in Folsom, Pa., in June 2004 as a three-sport athlete. He joined the Hofstra lacrosse program the next fall and earned a role on the team in the spring of his freshman year. Colleluori was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in September 2005, and after a 14-month battle with cancer, he passed away Nov. 28, 2006.
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