September 30, 2009

Yale To Host Connecticut Cup

 CT Cup Part of Christian Prince Memorial

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Connecticut's five Division I men's lacrosse teams come together for the first time on October 18 at Yale for the 2009 Christian Prince Memorial Tournament for the Connecticut Cup.

Fairfield, Hartford, Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart and Yale compete in the five-team tournament with the winner receiving the first annual Connecticut Cup.

"I think it's a great way to promote the game in our state," said Yale head coach Andy Shay. "Hopefully it will turn into a bigger and bigger event every fall, and give the local community something to look forward to."

"I think the chance to compete in an atmosphere like the Connecticut Cup will raise the tempo a bit leading up to the event," said Quinnipiac head coach Eric Fekete. "Our players' are already excited about October."

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.

"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 brings a premier fall ball event to Connecticut," said Hartford head coach Peter Lawrence. "Connecticut lacrosse fans are going to love this."

The event will run all day that Sunday with the championship played that evening. The battle for the Connecticut Cup has become part of the Christian Prince Memorial Tournament, an annual event 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.

"The Fairfield Lacrosse Program is excited about the opportunity to compete for the Connecticut Cup," Fairfield head coach Andrew Copelan said. "The event is for a great cause and should represent all that is positive about Connecticut lacrosse. We are thrilled about the potential for this event to emerge as a staple for the local lacrosse landscape."

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